The new-look Bengals came into 2011 without fan fair and much disrepair.
Two rookies, one a promising receiver, the other considered to be subpar for an NFL quarterback came onto a scene that looked like a train wreck.
Gone were the top two receivers from the prior season and a disgruntled starting quarterback refused to play. If there was a team prior, it was one of individuals, and blame was being squarely laid upon ownership—particularly Mike Brown's shoulders.
Fast forward to Week 17 of the 2011 season, with a rookie piloting the offense (Andy Dalton) utilizing his No. 1 wing man (A.J. Green), the Bengals have emerged from the "I's" to the team.
Week 17 will set up 2012 (possibly even a playoff berth). The stakes are certainly highest against the Ravens.
Defining the team in the NFL, in the AFC North, starts on New Year's Day 2012.
Here are the 10 points the Bengals must cover this week in order to defeat the Baltimore Ravens...