Cincinnati Bengals: 3 things we learned in Week 7 win over Ravens

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3 things we learned about the Bengals win.

2. Expectations and standard for this team should be to win the AFC North and compete for a Super Bowl. 

Making a statement against the Ravens was significant for the Bengals to show that they have arrived and aren’t the little brother in the AFC North anymore. They now have two road wins against the Steelers and the Ravens and have shown the rest of the NFL that this team is here to stay, which now means the standard for this team should be held higher.

Being competitive but losing is not an acceptable outcome anymore. It’s time for this team to compete with the best of them and win games against top-tier teams, and they are more than capable of handling that challenge.

This team is 5-2 and head to New York to take on the Jets next week, and those types of games are the ones the Bengals need to handle. Just like they did against the Detroit Lions.

Games against poor teams are the ones you need to take care of and get a W in the win column. Taking care of business is what good football teams do. Most of the NFL world knows what type of team the Cincinnati Bengals are now, and that is a team that can take the AFC North and a team that can compete with the alpha dogs in the AFC.

There is still a long way to go and a lot to prove for this team, but they are headed in the right direction and are starting to change the narrative.