This is fun.
Aren't you having fun?
Are there overaggressive fist pumps or random "who dey" shouts? Perhaps you're gleefully striding around the house and singing your favorite song:
Following Cincinnati's 36-21 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bengals improve to 4-0 for only the fourth time in franchise history ('05, '88, '75). Quarterback Andy Dalton was amazing again, completing 17 passes for 321 yards, adding a touchdown for a passer rating of 127.1 -- his fourth straight game with a rating of 115.9 or better. Jeremy Hill only ran the ball nine times on Sunday, but three came on touchdowns of eight, five and one yard, he added a two-point conversion in the third quarter.
What set the Bengals and Chiefs apart were how their respective possessions concluded. Despite struggling between the 20 yard lines, Cincinnati's defense held Kansas City to seven field goals whereas the Bengals' offense scored five touchdowns.
Entering Sunday's game, the Bengals scored touchdowns on their opening possessions against the Raiders and Ravens, while scoring a touchdown on their second possession against the Chargers (before San Diego had an opportunity for an offensive snap). It's a significant reason why Cincinnati has won these games because it allows them to weather these second and third quarter funks.
This trend continued under another beautiful Cincinnati sky.
It started with 13:19 remaining in the first quarter with Andy Dalton recovering a poor shotgun snap that momentarily rolled around. Dalton grasped the football and immediately flipped it down the left sidelines, expertly hitting A.J. Green in stride to complete a 36-yard pass and converting a third-and-two. Eventually the Bengals took a 7-0 lead on Jeremy Hill's eight-yard touchdown run, concluding a seven-play drive that spanned 80 yards within the first first minutes of the game.
After Kansas City added a 22-yard field goal with 4:35 remaining in the first, Cincinnati added another score with a 13-yard draw to Giovani Bernard, expanding their lead 14-3. During Cincinnati's opening two possessions, they converted 80-yard possessions into touchdowns. Kansas City similarly added a second field goal early in the second quarter, reducing the Bengals lead 14-6.
Kansas City, who scored field goals on four consecutive possessions in the first half, punted for the first time during their opening drive in the second half. Cincinnati added another touchdown on a highlight-of-the-week type of reception from Brandon Tate at the 8:43 mark in the third.
Cincinnati extended their lead 29-15 with 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter, thanks to a Travis Kelce fumble, on Jeremy Hill's five-yard touchdown run and ensuing two-point conversion. Cincinnati added another touchdown with Jeremy Hill's third touchdown run of the afternoon, giving the Bengals a 36-18 lead with 4:50 remaining in the game.
INJURIES: Cornerback Adam Jones exited the game early in the third quarter, clutching his elbow. Despite being listed as questionable, Jones flipped on a baseball cap and cheered on his replacement, Darqueze Dennard. Alex Smith immediately went after Dennard with 8:37 remaining in the third, completing a 33-yard pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
NEXT: The Bengals will host the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.