The Cincinnati Bengals have started the 2014 National Football League season hotter than Commissioner Roger Goodell's telephone.
Even without star wide receiver AJ Green, who had to leave Saturday's game against the Atlanta Falcons thanks to a toe injury we still don't know all that much about, the Bengals look even better than the side that finished the 2013 season with a 11 and 5 record and seemed a real outside contender for the SuperBowl before imploding at the first hurdle in the post-season.
Andy Dalton is playing like a quarterback that is well worth a potential $115 million dollars over six odd years, averaging 275 passing yards per game to go with zero interceptions in the two games the Bengals have triumphed in so far.
Then there is the running game. Out has gone the lawfirm BenJarvus Green-Ellis and in has come rookie back Jeremy Hill out of LSU. Combining Hill with a playmaker in Giovani Bernard could become an incredible force for Cincy, and is reminiscent of the Philadelphia Eagles with LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles.
Both Hill and Bernard, like Shady and Sproles, are very competent on the ground, but also have ability to make plays through the air, and with Dalton treating the two like wide receivers, fantasy owners of the two are going to be incredibly happy - especially going in to the game against the Titans.
The defense has improved remarkably from last season, with the whole outfit tackling so well the Bengals could probably release a DVD on how to tackle based on the Falcons game alone.
Matt Ryan was limited to a quarterback rating of 48.6, a mere week after posting numbers of 128.8 against New Orleans, and his receivers faired pretty much the same with defenders on them whenever they got ball in hand.
Things are looking very good in Cincinnati right now, barring a nightmare the Bengals look certain to sweep the AFC North and finally make that SuperBowl push they've been threatening for so long.