They're still in first place in the AFC North, though it may not feel that way. They've got to fix that horrid run defense that keeps dragging them down.
Most of all, they've got to grow up.
A 27-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday showed that the NFL's upstart team is still a long way from joining the elite. The Bengals (5-2) couldn't stop the run and couldn't keep up with a team that knows how to play its best in the biggest games.
“We'll beat some teams because we've got some talent,” Pro Bowl right tackle Willie Anderson said Monday. “But those teams that have men over there that don't think this is a game, it's their job - it's hard to beat that.”