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I know, we'll have all this quick replies from guys that will want to say to take one game at a time. They'll want to hammer home we should only be concerned with Da Bears right. Well, I cannot argue with that ... but I'll also leave that to the coaches and players! We are fans ... and we can look forward! And so ...

3 of the next 4 are on the road and will surely be critical to shaping the season. I think these 4 games are a must to take AT LEAST 2 ... hopefully 3 ... and 4 is not out of the question (but that's sets expectations way too high).

So, let's imagine our beloved Bengals sitting AT LEAST at 4-2 (and hopefully 5-1!) when they begin 4 out of 5 at home, with a bye shoved in the middle. Who does that stretch begin with? The Steelers.

What I am trying to suggest is that if the Bengals hold true to their talent level, they should find themselves in a prime position come October 23rd. My fear is that this game, only a month away, will have far too many Steeler fans at it, and we'll lose the homefield advantage and every other advantage. This, in my estimation, will be THE critical game for the Bengal fans to take back The Jungle. Those here in Pittsburgh have historically labeled the game in Cincinnati as a 'home game'. Honestly, I have even seen printed schedules where they mock this point!

We have 4 weeks to get Bengal Nation ready for this! Take back our home, and send a message! This will be a very tough game, and we'll need that 12th man ... and eliminate the 12th man from them for that day!

Thinking ahead ... and dreaming of weeping Steeler fans on October 24th.

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Thinking ahead, we have to come out on all cylinders next week against DA BEARS. If Ditka suits up for them, WE ARE SCREWED! Seriously, this is the first defense we will face this season that scares me at all. It's a warmup for Pissburgh and the Felons defenses.

After that we have Houston. The fear here is that we overlook them in preparation for the prime time game against the Jags. We can't let that happen.

This team can go 4-0 out of the gate, but they need to take it one game at a time and beat Da Bears next week. Lets just hope it's not Ditka vs. our whole team!

EDIT: **If you are too young to understand the Ditka comments, please don't act all confused, watch some old Saturday Night Live instead**

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My take on the Bears: different week, different team, same story. On offense, play clean, don't turn the ball over. On defense, stop the run and force Orton to beat you. If the D does that, the O will not need to produce a lot of points. Agree that STs/field position will be key. Not a cakewalk game by any measure, but completely winnable.

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My take on the Bears: different week, different team, same story. On offense, play clean, don't turn the ball over. On defense, stop the run and force Orton to beat you. If theĀ  D does that, the O will not need to produce a lot of points. Agree thatĀ  STs/field position will be key. Not a cakewalk game by any measure, but completely winnable.

I totally agree. It's completely winnable unless Ditka is on the field!

PS: Anyone who is going, make sure you grab some polish sausage to tailgate with, it's a Chicago tradition worth trying.

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No doubt it's one game at a time and a lot of what's happening now on offense has to be considered realtime prep for the Steeler and Ratbird defenses.

But right from the start, the Bengals players had to have that edge of realistically believing they could go 9-0 to the bye.

Anything less and they would be cheating themselves.

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There is a different feeling about this team than any other. I could sense it when I watch them play and when they talk. They seem to be on a mission, and I love the fact that alot of the media are willing to talk about what's wrong with the teams they beat instead of what's right with the Bengals. It will keep them grounded. Not overlooking Chicago or Houston will be key. Especially the Texans because they have 2 weeks to prepare for Cincy.

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I honestly think we will roll over the Bears. We have the explosive offense that can take us far, but in games like this, the advantage we have on offense is physicality. We'll be wearing them down too, Rudi and Perry pounding the rock all through the first half. Thomas Jones doesn't scare me as a threat, and Cedric Benson is an unknown. We should be able to at least keep them from beating us with the run, and I am certain our opportunistic defense will eat Kyle Orton alive.

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My take on the Bears: different week, different team, same story. On offense, play clean, don't turn the ball over. On defense, stop the run and force Orton to beat you. If the D does that, the O will not need to produce a lot of points. Agree that STs/field position will be key. Not a cakewalk game by any measure, but completely winnable.

That is my fear. The Bengals haven't proven they can stop the run (so far they've had big leads and forced the opponent to pass), and the Bears have a good running attack. The game is winnable, but to simply mark this a W would be a mistake.

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I know folks don't like it, but I'm still looking FORWARD! 3-0 and waiting for the Texans. Then the Jags, a trip to Tennesse, and we start that CRITICAL stretch that I don't want folks to forget about it. I want Steeler nation to know that there is a new Bengal in town! Mr. Cowher, these ARE NOT the Bengals you have coached against since 1991.

3-0 and sitting on top of the division for the next 2 weeks ... AND LONGER!

Go Bengals!

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Thinking ahead ... and dreaming of weeping Steeler fans on October 24th.

You don't have to dream bro'. They're weepin' their iron asses rusty after losing at home to the Patriots...again I might add! Should we send them a box of sympathy tissues? :whistling:

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