Bengals Early Bird Special: The Streak is Over

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Domata Peko #94 and Robert Geathers #91 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrate during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers won 24-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Good morning everyone. I hope your week started off on the right note. If not then look at it this way, it's a new day full of new opportunities. And if that doesn't work for you then think of it as another closer to the weekend. Either way the worst day of the week has passed.

On Sunday we all know that the Bengals five-game winning streak came to an end against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even though it wasn't the outcome we all had hoped for there are some reasons why the Bengals Nation should keep their heads held up high.

One of the most significant things that the Bengals can walk away from this game with is knowing that they can compete with some of the toughest teams in the league. Pittsburgh has one of the best defenses in the league and one of the most dynamic offenses as well. Now some analysts around the league can start giving the Bengals the credit they deserve and stop with the "easy" schedule argument. For a majority of the game the Bengals played solid football, expect for the first quarter. That was just ugly in my opinion.

Another thing to walk away with is knowing that the Bengals defense was able to step-up in the second half even with the loss of cornerback Leon Hall. The Bengals were without their top cornerback and instead of them letting up in the pass defense Cincinnati still managed to do an adequate job at stopping Pittsburgh through the air. 

And finally, Andy Dalton demonstrated yet another step forward in his development. In going against one of the better defenses in the league Dalton still managed to pass for a couple of touchdowns despite completing only half of his passes and throwing two interceptions. Dalton didn't look spectacular, but at the same time he didn't look like a chicken running around with its head cut off. His performance was a respectable one.

Hopefully Sunday's loss will only be a hiccup for the Bengals and they will be able to get back on track against the Baltimore Ravens.

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

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