Leading up the the annual renewal of the Bengals versus Steelers rivalry, there was much anticipation. A rookie quarterback leading a team to a place not dreamed of for many moons. The bubble had grown and grown to the point that when the Steelers burst that bubble (barely), the entire team was brought back to earth.
Some hard, mixed with harsh, mixed with promising reality was experienced by the Bengals and their legions.
Yet even on the deflating experience of losing merely covered the promise of a greater team that was only a few plays away from turning everything around on a play or two.
Simply by competing, the Bengals showed they are for real.
Here is what we learned in Week 10...