Bengals Early Bird Special: Bengals Continue Opening Eyes

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates with Jeromy Miles #45 and Andrew Hawkins #16 after returning a punt for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 30, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Bengals defeated the Seahawks 34-12.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Good morning Bengals Nation. It's the early hours of the morning and in all honesty staying in bed sounds like a great idea. But that's not an option. There are tasks that need to be completed today. So just make yourself an entire pot of coffee and drink the entire thing so you're wired for the rest of the day. Alright, so maybe that's how my morning went.

This season the Bengals unit as a whole has been causing many critics to do a double-take. Did the Bengals just do that? They aren't "suppose" to be playing like this. Well, for those who didn't believe in the Bengals, welcome to the reality that this team is a legitimate threat.

There haven't been many holes for Cincinnati. Yes, there have been instances where their play has been sloppy, but no team is perfect. Mistakes are going to happen. But unlike in recent years, the good have been outweighing the bad this year.

It's easy to recognize that Andy Dalton and A.J. Green look like ten-year veterans instead of rookies. The offensive line has also been doing a tremendous job at protecting Dalton. There haven't been many instances where Dalton has been hurried by opposing defenses.

And as for the defense, well where do I start? The defensive squad has suddenly leap-frogged  a majority of the league in the rankings with their performance. Yes, Mike Zimmer is a defensive guru, but no one, myself included, expected the defense to be playing like a playoff-caliber club. 

However, not all everything is perfect for the Bengals and that's expected. Since a majority of the offense has less than three years of experience, one would think that the rookies would be making the most mistakes or under-performing.

The running game has been very inconsistent up to this point. There hasn't been a means of consistency from Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott.

How much of that is their fault? Well, some of the blame lies on their shoulders, but the offensive line hasn't always been able to create holes for them to burst through. And Benson has to have holes created for him. He isn't the type of back to miraculously create a positive play from nothing.

As good as the defense has been there are still some problems with them. There have been a more than enough situations where an opposing wide receiver has been relatively wide open due to blown coverage. Not going to mention any names...cough cough Leon Hall this past Sunday rings a bell to me. That's something that the Bengals will have to improve upon as the enter the "tougher" part of their "easy" schedule.

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

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