If the idea is to stay positive, then utterly dominating the worst team in the league based upon 2010 standards is enough to keep me positive. As much as anyone would like Andrew Luck on their roster come 2013, I do not believe the Bengals are the worst team in the league this year. Are they a playoff team? By all indications: No. However, the Bengals are young, and they can be dangerous. Let's not forget that this defense is two years removed from being a top 10 defense. In 2009, the Bengals swept the division with a Carson Palmer that was far from impressive. If the defense can recapture that same form, and Andy Dalton can manage the game without turning the ball over in every way possible, then this team can win some games. Three weeks in, it is safe to say that Dalton offers the Bengals the best chance of winning a game. Gradkowski has hardly been impressive against second and third string defenses. I prefer to see Dalton step in to the pocket more frequently and target the outside wide receivers, but if the short game continues to move the chains then I have no objection. Regardless of what many have said, I have been impressed with the offensive line in both the passing and running game. Turnovers have been killing them, but you can't deny that this young offense has talent. Defensively, how can you not be impressed with how the Bengals have stopped the run thus far. The secondary has to step up, but the good news is that this secondary has seniority when it comes to the defense so I wouldn't be too concerned with the early preseason struggles. Hall and Clements offer plenty of experience, Crocker is serviceable when healthy, and Nelson has been better than all of them this summer. If the playoffs ever even enter the equation its because the defense has returned to its 2009 form. Anyway, a win is a win, and I don't care if the Panthers are in worse shape than the Bengals are, but this is definitely a win that can guide this team in a positive direction. I look forward to seeing how this team responds against the Colts.