So far, so good in Bengaldom. Other than an unfortunate high ankle sprain to Andrew Hawkins and of course the heart-wrenching season ending injury to Larry Black, the Cincinnati Bengals have dodged the injury bullet. With so many players throughout the NFL going down early and hard in training camps and week one of the preseason, Bengals fans should feel fortunate that everyone is pretty much status quo. Lots of things have happened to the Bengals in the past four months to help get them to a 34-10 win over one of the NFC favorites, the Atlanta Falcons.
Aug 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) warms up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Starting in April, the Bengals recorded their third consecutive solid draft, picking the top tight end in the draft, Tyler Eifert from Notre Dame, and arguably the most explosive running back, Giovani (Gio) Bernard, from North Carolina. Also, the Bengals were able to nab 10th year All-Pro defensive player, James Harrison, who turned down a contract with the Baltimore Ravens to play in stripes in Cincinnati.