Bengals Early Bird Special: Will the Streak Continue?

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks is surrounded by Dan Skuta #51, Manny Lawson #99, and Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field on October 30, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Bengals defeated the Seahawks 34-12. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Time to wake up Bengals Nation. If I'm up then you should be up as well. Sleeping in is overrated. It's the weekend and you should be doing something productive with your time like home maintenance, working on your car, building something, or something else that's macho-like. Okay, in reality I would much rather be sleeping in, but I have a long list of things that need to be taken care of and there's not enough time in the day to do all of them.

So we're one day away from watching the Bengals attempt to win their fifth straight game, sixth overall, as they take on the Tennessee Titans. With a win on Sunday it will be the Bengals longest winning streak since the glorious 1988 season where they ended up going to the Super Bowl under head coach Sam Wyche. But that was before I was born, so yeah.....about that.

Also with a win it will be the third time since 1988 that the Bengals have started off the season 6-2. And what happened the other two times the Bengals started off 6-2? They went to the playoffs in 2005 and 2009. Not saying the Bengals will make the playoffs this year, but a win on Sunday only helps their chances.

Keys for the Bengals on Sunday against the Titans.

  1. Stay healthy. With tight end Jermaine Gresham and linebacker Rey Maualuga being doubtful for Sunday, the Bengals cannot afford anymore injuries at either of those positions. Sure they have some depth, but if they suffer another injury at let's say tight end, then what are they going to do? And as is the case in general, you don't want any of your key, impact, or any player to get injured. 
  2. Limit the damage by Titans running back Chris Johnson. I know Johnson has had an ugly season up to this point. But that doesn't matter. He's still a huge threat to rack up an insane amount of yards on the ground no matter what. 
  3. The defense needs to continue doing what they're doing minus last week's passing defense against the Seattle Seahawks. The Bengals defense has been a huge surprise this season. Who expected them to be this good? I know I didn't. I figured they would be in the top 15 for sure, but not the top five. Last week the Bengals allowed 350 yards in the air. I couldn't believe that two mediocre quarterbacks torched the Bengals defense for that many yards. As long as the Bengals don't have that repeat performance then they should be able to hold their own.

If the Bengals can do this and put up some points then it should be smooth sailing for them. Nevertheless, it should be a close, competitive, exciting match-up.

My prediction: The Bengals will cruise to their fifth straight victory to keep their streak alive by defeating the Titans 24-20.

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

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