Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) celebrates with center Kyle Cook (64) after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
We are almost at the halfway point in this 2013 NFL season already. Boy, has it gone by fast. We have seen a seven touchdown passer (Peyton Manning in Week 1), a team like the Chiefs that’s shocked the world with the good football they are playing, while the Falcons, Giants, Steelers………teams that were supposed to be good, but have been massive disappointments. It’s been a wild one so far, and it can only get louder. This is a time to start thinking about the playoffs and who are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
We have our favorites, like the Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers, or even the Colts now, but are the Bengals in that category? They have been impressive at times, and not so impressive at others, yet have a 5-2 record right now. They have beaten New England, Green Bay, and Detroit, all of whom are good teams. But they also lost to Chicago and Cleveland, teams they are better than and can’t afford to play down to the level of if they want to be serious contenders.
Then, you look at the little win streak they’re on right now. The offense has been very impressive, and the defense has been pretty solid. The best part is that Andy Dalton is playing like an elite QB right now. Over these past two game alone he has over 700 yards, 6 touchdowns, and only 1 interception. He has been spreading the wealth with the ball, and now A.J. Green is playing like the A.J. Green we are used to.