Being oh-so-close yet with much to go, the Bengals finally were tripped up and tossed to the side for a decisive blow to the young psyche of this fresh-faced team.
It was a tale of two faces showing up, with the Bengals offense dying a slow death while the depleted defense was antagonized, battered and beaten to a pulp without the usual depth in the wings due to piling up injuries.
Yet there were positive signs from the Bengals in that Andy Dalton was not intercepted, Adam "Pacman" Jones further established himself and A.J. Green continued to show why his positives outweigh his negatives (even when over-anxiousness negates a touchdown on the first drive of the game).
Here is what we learned about the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13...