Following a solid victory at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, the Cincinnati Bengals are sitting at 5-5, alive and well in the playoff hunt.
Sunday's game was definitely impressive and it was a total team effort. Everyone in the orange and black was clicking on all cylinders, and the Chiefs never had a chance.
After the dominating performance, you can bet there are plenty of "winner" badges to hand out.
For the ninth consecutive game, second-year receiver A.J. Green caught a touchdown—he totaled six catches for 91 yards and a score.
Green was against a subpar secondary, but all that aside, he continued his domination of the league's defenses. On the year, he has already accumulated 911 yards on 64 catches. He had 65 catches in all of 2011.
Kansas City's secondary couldn't contain Green on Sunday, and he may have solidified his case as the league's best receiver.
The young guys on this team continue to be extremely impressive. Geno Atkins, who has quickly become the defensive line's leader, recorded six tackles including a sack.
The sack gave him eight on the season, tying him for 10th in the league.
Atkins was a Pro-Bowl selection last season after totaling 47 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He's well on his way to breaking both of those numbers.
The Law Firm finally broke the century mark, getting his first 100-yard game as a Bengal. Not only did he get to 100 yards, he did so on 25 carries, averaging just over four yards per carry.
Green-Ellis has struggled all season to get yards and has mostly been good near the goal line.
Against Kansas City, he finally seemed to break out of his shell and be effective in the ground game. Hopefully, he can keep the momentum going for the rest of the season.
All of a sudden, the Red Rifle is on a big time roll. For the second consecutive week, Dalton didn't throw an interception and looked mighty against the struggling Chiefs' defense.
He threw his 20th touchdown of 2012 on Sunday, which ties his total from 2011.
It wasn't so much that Andy Dalton had a tremendous game against Kansas City that makes him a winner, but that he looked so in control the whole game. He finally had the look of a leader, something the Queen City desperately needed.
Alright Cincinnati fans, the fact is that everyone on the team was a winner on Sunday, so I'll just stop the trend after listing the highlights.
It was a good win, but the Bengals were playing Kansas City. The Chiefs fell to 1-9 and the highlight of the team is Jamaal Charles—past that, the team has nothing to be excited about anytime soon.
Cincinnati still has some tough games in the coming weeks—this was one they had no business losing anyway.