With a quarter of the season in the books, the 3-1 Bengals are a little bit of a surprise to some, but should they be? Perhaps this can better be assessed by breaking down what has gone well and what has gone not-so-well through four games.
To effectively delve into the Cincinnati Bengals' first quarter of the season, we must categorize certain aspects of this Bengals squad in 2012. These categories include passing offense, rushing offense, passing defense and rushing defense.
Each of these pieces of the Bengals' puzzle will be critiqued and given a grade that includes not only how they stand at this moment in time but also how they seem to be progressing as a team this season.
Looking at the tell-tale signs of either developing into a structured unit or relapsing into old habits that seem to diehard in Cincinnati will be the deciding factors for the grades that this team will receive thus far in 2012 and beyond.