Bengals Early Bird Special: Bengals Preparing for Two Week Run Against AFC South

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 2: Bryan Scott #43 creates an interception against Andre Caldwell #87 of the Cincinnati Bengals during their game on October 2, 2011 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Bills 23-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Good morning everyone. Hope you all are well rested and ready for today. It's the mid-point of the week and it's pretty much all downhill from here.

For the next two weeks the Bengals will be squaring off against AFC South opponents in the Jaguars and Colts. And when looking at both games, well it's easy to conclude that both games are very winnable for the Bengals. I'm not going to deem either games as a "guaranteed" win because anything can happen during the course of a game and over the next two weeks. But one could consider both match-ups as games that the Bengals "should" win.

When taking a closer look at the Jags, we already know they lack an offense. They haven't even averaged ten points a contest while allowing about 21 points a game. From those stats alone it would appear as if the Bengals are in line for an easy win. Jacksonville also lacks a legitimate threat on offense that isn't name Maurice Jones-Drew. Their quarterback Blaine Gabbert is still developing just like Andy Dalton, but it seems as if Dalton is developing quicker than Gabbert. That's fine by me. But knowing the Bengals a win won't come easily. It will be a long, hard battle that will hopefully leave Bengals Nation smiling and satisfied in the end.

The following week the Bengals are set to battle it out with the Peyton Manning-less Colts. Let's face it, Indianapolis isn't going to do much of anything this season. Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter aren't the answer for them. Collins looks his age out there. And even though Painter had a respectable performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he probably just got lucky against them. Tampa Bay hasn't been that solid against the pass all season. But against one of the top defenses (I only say that because the rankings can change after Sunday), it seems unlikely that he will have that kind of success.

Either way, the Bengals have to head into each game well prepared with their heads held up high. Because in all honesty, not many people expected them to be playing this well a quarter of the way through the season.

Alright here is a look at what you may have missed or overlooked from Tuesday.

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