The Cincinnati Bengals began October as one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams.
Four impressive victories later, they might enter November as the league’s hottest.
In Sunday’s only matchup of teams with as many as nine combined victories, the Bengals mauled the visiting New York Jets 49-9.
A 40-point victory? Against a team with a winning record and one of the league’s better shutdown defences?
Call it what it is: one of the most emphatic statement victories of the first half of the NFL season.