Bengals Early Bird Special: 5-2, Enough Said

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Good morning everyone. Are you excited as I am? I would so since the Bengals have already surpassed their win total from last season. Let's be honest, did any of us think the Bengals would be this good after seven games? I know  I didn't. 

In all honesty, I was expecting there to be a learning curve for Andy Dalton considering he went the entire offseason without any guidance from a coaching staff that was transitioning into a new style of offense. Sure in college Dalton looked downright amazing. But sometimes elite college quarterbacks don't always pan out in the NFL. Dalton has proven all of us wrong so far and I hope he continues his growth and development.

And as for the defense, I know Mike Zimmer is a defensive guru and all, but I wasn't expecting them to be this good. A top five defense? No, I didn't think they would be that good. After the losses of Johnathan Joseph and Dhani Jones, I expected the defense to take a minor step back despite the additions of Thomas Howard, Nate Clements, and Manny Lawson. But I'm okay with being wrong.

The offensive line has been exceptionally good this season. It seems like they finally got their vision checked and realized what they should have been doing all along, creating holes for the running attack and giving Dalton time to make accurate passes.

Hopefully this the real deal and not just some sort of fluke. In the upcoming weeks the Bengals will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Houston Texans. Each of those teams have been exceptionally good this season and will present a challenge for the Bengals.

If the Bengals are able to come out with a winning record during those five games then it will demonstrate that they are able to hang with some of the tougher, more fortified teams in the league. But if they somehow manage to go winless then expect the criticism of an easy schedule entering the picture again. 

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

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