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Monday, September 23, 2013
Morning stripes: Bengals roll to 2-1

By Coley Harvey

For a second straight week, the Cincinnati Bengals are waking up the day after a game feeling like winners.

For a second straight week, they enter a meaningful game with their confidence raised and their spirits high.

Hopefully by now you've checked out our wall-to-wall coverage of the Bengals' 34-30 win over the Packers over at the ESPN NFL Nation Bengals blog. In the event you haven't, here's a quick sneak peek into the items you'll read about once you click over. For starters, after finally catching a few breaks and gutting out a pair of physical wins, the Bengals are starting to prove they aren't the team your dad -- or you -- has come to know over the years. This team looks like it's got something serious going, and that it isn't planning to let it go anytime soon.

Next, you'll read about how the Bengals' defense rose up to the occasion when it mattered most; specifically on two crucial Green Bay drives into the red zone. When chaos was occurring on offense -- an interception followed by three straight fumbles -- Cincinnati's defenders held firm and only allowed a pair of field goals despite facing unfavorable field position.

Finally, you'll read a series of quick, just-after-the-final-whistle analysis blog posts and one that takes you inside the locker room following the buzz-worthy victory.

Now, as we unveil this latest batch of Morning stripes, let's check out how others viewed Sunday's big win: