Poise and control. That might be the new slogan for the young Bengals of the 2011 season. When they have it, they have no equal. When they lack it, they remind us of all the wrongs that were dealt upon Bengals nation over the past 20 years.
October 2, 2011 was one of those rare days where both sides of the coin were on display—seemingly Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde within the span of three hours and seven minutes.
The first half was bone-chilling cold, as the Bengals picked up where they had left off seven days prior against the San Francisco 49ers. Yet the second half brought a surge like that seen in Denver against the Broncos—except this time too little too late gave way to victory.
What was the difference 14 days later that allowed the Bengals to snatch victory from the clutches of defeat? What will the young Bengals need to improve upon in order to join the upper half of the NFL?
The following will shed light on what we learned in Week 4 of the 2011 season...