NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball and is tackled by Kelly Jennings #23 and Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Good morning Bengals Nation. It's Tuesday which means what? Absolutely nothing. It's just another day in the week. The only positive note is that it's no longer Monday. So grab yourself an entire pitcher of coffee, a box of donuts, and enjoy the breakfast of champions.
The Bengals will be hosting their rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday. This game will prove to be a pivotal match-up for the Bengals. Currently they are tied for first place with the Baltimore Ravens and are riding a five-game winning streak.
As for the Steelers, they are coming off a last second loss to the Baltimore Ravens. I would have to assume that their confidence is shaken because they blew a fourth quarter lead with under a minute remaining in the game.
This game is going to be the biggest challenge that the Bengals have had so far this season. Not only are they facing one of the top defenses in the league, but they are also going up against one of the more potent offenses as well. It's going to be vital that key players such as Maualuga, Jones, Gresham, and Dunlap all be healthy. Those are four players that the Bengals count on and each has a vital role on the field.
As the week progresses we'll get a better idea as to who will be active for the game for both squads. In an ideal world everyone would be completely healthy for the Bengals. But who knows if that will be the case on Sunday. Only time will tell.
Cincinnati Bengals forever, Pittsburgh Steelers never! Can I get a Who Dey?
Alright here is a look at what you may have missed or overlooked from Monday.
- Submit your caption in the week nine Caption Contest.
- The Bengals are finally beginning to find a rhythm on third down situations.
- There is a legitimate argument about the AFC North being the best division in all of football.
- The odds makers in Vegas favor the Steelers over the Bengals in week ten.
- Get caught up with this week's Monday Touchdown.
- For all of the statistical junkies, here are both sides of the statistical coin from the Bengals and Titans game.
- The Bengals 24-17 win over the Titans absolutely owned local television ratings.
- In order to win games teams have to be able to come through and score when they are in the red zone. And Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton is the best in the red zone.
- According to Marvin Lewis, Rey Maualuga, Adam Jones, and Jermaine Gresham are all expected to return to practice this week. Jones promises to be healthy this week, while Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap had his leg examined after departing from the game with what he said were leg cramps.
- It's always great to witness the growing relationship between rookie wide receiver A.J. Green and rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. Hopefully this is a relationship that will last for over a decade.
- Bengals safety Chris Crocker believes that the Bengals are "better than the teams" they beat. And who can argue with that?
- Bengals backup tight end Donald Lee is in a protective boot for cautionary reasons. Hopefully he'll be better and active for Sunday.
- If the season were to end today the Bengals would take the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Let's hope the Bengals continue their strong play and make the playoffs. Even if they don't make the playoffs, I have a feeling I'll be satisfied with their end results considering they've exceeded my expectations.
- The Bengals struggled altogether in the first half against the Titans. In the second half one of their defensive adjustments included less blitzes.
- Take a look at how the national media views the Bengals after their 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titans.