Maybe it was the 17-point comeback against the Seahawks, the fourth quarter tug o' war against Baltimore or the relative ease against the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills the Bengals displayed in the process of winning. Whatever led to Cincinnati being 6-0, for the first time since 1988, has happened. It's a milestone that only two Bengals squads (1988 and 1975) have experienced.
Following Cincinnati's 34-21 win over the Buffalo Bills, most fans felt like this when boasting about the Bengals undefeated record.
Yet, the Bengals couldn't care less.
Head coach Marvin Lewis called it a historically "minuscule" event, adding that "we've got bigger things to do." Andrew Whitworth echoed similar remarks saying "6-0 hasn't won us a thing. We've been better for six straight games; at the end of the day it doesn't win us anything."
Though, it's hardly surprising. Lewis needs to keep his players focused; win a game and go back to chopping wood, as he would articulate.
Six weeks into a 16-game regular season clearly doesn't constitute ticker-tape parades nor designs for a handcrafted trophy case with a polyurethane finish to house the Lombardi trophy. Even undefeated seasons don't translate to Super Bowl success (see 2007, Patriots).
Yet, as a fans, we're celebrating a significant milestone that may, or may not, have long-term implications. Whatever happens tomorrow, happens. Today, Cincinnati heads into the bye week at 6-0 for only the third time in franchise history and for the first time since '88 -- I was 10 years old. Anyone younger than 26 has never experienced this.
There are some players seeing the significance in being 6-0 too.
"It's huge," said defensive end Carlos Dunlap via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Anytime you can finish the first quarter of the season 6-0, that's huge, because then now you get this bye week and you get to relax a little bit and then come back and get ready for Pittsburgh. We haven't played anybody in our division yet, so now the real football is starting to come."
I suppose you could disregard Baltimore as a non-divisional opponent, considering how awful they've played this season; sure Baltimore is technically in the AFC North but these Ravens are so different that they're not really THE Ravens.
Either way, the Bengals are proudly 6-0..