The Bengals have done a fine job of putting the week 1 debacle at Baltimore in the past. After that night we knew that the best way to forget about it was to win a few games. Now that Cincinnati has won 2 in a row that game is behind this team. Looking forward, the Bengals next three games are very winnable and they could sit at 5-1 after 6 weeks.
Of course as we have seen recently no game is a guarantee in this league but some stand out over others as games you should win. In my opinion any game that you are the favorite in you should win and the Bengals should be favored in their next 3. Their next three games send them on the road to Jacksonville and Cleveland and home against Miami. Two of those games are against rookie quarterbacks and one is against a struggling second year quarterback.
The Bengals better hope this is what gets their defense on track. Even though they beat Washington on Sunday they allowed a team with mediocre running backs to rush for 213 yards. Granted rookie sensation Robert Griffin III ran for 85, that is still a large chunk of yardage gained by the running backs. The linebacker play needs to step up as well as the defensive line against the run. The pass rush came alive Sunday sacking RGIII a total of 6 times.
If the Bengals can straighten out their defensive issues this team can compete with anybody. Andy Dalton is mature beyond his years and AJ Green is quickly ascending himself to the top of the league when it comes to receivers. His combination of speed and overall playmaking ability might be untouched by anyone in the league. The Bengals have some problems to tune up defensively, and these next 3 weeks will be an indicator of if they are able to do so.