The Bengals put in the kind of performance that won them plaudits in 2011, and some of them proved just how bright the future is in the Queen City.
At 4-5, the Bengals still have a long road ahead. However, with a blowout win over last year's Super Bowl champions, hope is alive.
If Cincy can turn that win into some positive momentum over the next few weeks, they could be in for a wild finish at the end of the year.
Here are five Bengals who could make the difference late in the year and who have bright futures to look forward to.