First, up, my most recent post where I ask (assuming the answer is basically "no"):
Do the Bengals have an edge in any area against Baltimore this week?
Well, yes, it turns out they do. They have in edge in every area (except the area where you have to snap a ball seven yards backwards so a Ginger Kid can kick it - in that area the Ravens RULE).
All due respect to my boy Competitiveness, but if luck played a role in this game, it was good luck for the Ravens that they weren't down and out of this game by the end of the 3rd quarter. The overthrow by Flacco on 3rd down and the convenient penalties on the game-winning drive merely allowed the final score to validate what anyone watching that game should have realized: the Bengals outplayed the Ravens in every facet of the game and were a better team.
Second, I revisited my season preview and concluded the following:
Bengals fans find out this team has a ceiling. And that ceiling is the wild card playoff round.
I even underlined it at the time for emphasis. Whoops! Instead we found out that the Bengals could beat a team previously thought to be among the class of the AFC (and for the past decade or so, by extension the entire NFL)...on the road. The defense is legit, I can only imagine the offense can get better from here on out, a team identity for once exists, and a good-karma snowball appears to be rolling downhill and gaining speed. All bets are off.
But, I remind everyone that the season is LONG and the Superbowl is all that matters. And with that I will bow out of the prediction business for this season...