The Cincinnati Bengals entered the 2011-12 NFL season ranked by ESPN as the league's absolute worst franchise. Following a dismal offseason in which they lost their starting quarterback, a standout cornerback, a veteran defensive end and two premier wide receivers, preseason expectations for this year's team were very, very low.
Today, however, things aren't so bad in Cincinnati.
Four weeks into the regular season, the Bengals are 2-2 after an impressive victory over the previously unbeaten Buffalo Bills. Call me crazy, but this young Bengals squad may just be onto something.
It's early, but here are five reasons the Cincinnati Bengals should not be overlooked this season.