Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) hugs defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
At 6-4 and extreme struggles with defensive performance a week like this was what the Bengals needed. They moved to 7-4 and kept their hold in first in the AFC North, and the confidence that the defense had in comparison to after the loss of Geno is huge.
"“We’re not the 4-7 team or the 5-6 team; we’re the 7-4 team,” said left tackle Andrew Whitworth. “For some reason, everybody here wants to make it flip the other way. But we’re 7-4 and if we take care of our business we’ll get to where we want to be. It’s still the-ball-is-in-your-court.”"
What the Bengals will do with this renewed confidence one can only wait and see. Having almost two weeks to prepare for the San Diego Chargers, there is great hope that the Bengals can go out and get a road win against a playoff caliber team.
You can’t expect touchdowns from the defense and special teams every week, but if they both play anywhere close to the way they played this week, and the offense finds its rhythm again, then the Bengals could be a very scary match-up for anyone.
The Bengals have to get to the playoffs before we really get excited about championship opportunities, but a week like this is exciting. Cincinnati fans certainly should be excited for the remainder of this season.