Over the next three weeks, the Bengals will be put to the test. In order to turn things around, they need error-free, championship football.
The thrill is back. Bengals football became fun to watch, over the past two weeks. After two consecutive lackluster home games, the Cincinnati offense has looked like a powerhouse on the road. To be honest and completely open, there’s no coincidence the Bengals are scoring points under Bill Lazor. He simplified the play calling for Andy Dalton and he’s looking like the confident player fans have wanted. But, he’ll have to be just as good–or better–over the next three weeks. The next three games are make-or-break battles.
Looking at the upcoming games, it’s really a no-brainer. The Bengals have dug a deep hole and they’re gonna need to come out swinging to gain ground on the Steelers and Ravens. The division crown is still within their grasp. But, from Week 5 on, there can be no mental lapses. A record of 11-5 could possibly win the AFC North. But, the Bengals need to go on one heck of a run to keep it within reach.
Now that confidence is starting to ooze from the Dalton and Lazor led offense, it’s all about execution and determination. The Bengals have the talent to get the job done. If Marvin Lewis had pulled the trigger on Ken Zampese after Week 1, Cincy would be looking at a 3-1 record and tie for the division lead. Sadly, Lewis didn’t understand the severity of the situation until there was dissension in the air.
Nevertheless, there’s football to be played and the next three weeks will expose what the Bengals are truly made of.
If there’s any chance of making it to the postseason, it starts October 8 at Paul Brown Stadium. It’s more than a home game. It’s a statement that needs to be made.