Is it worth believing in the Bengals this time around?

Everything about the fourth quarter Thursday night screamed that the Bengals were going to blow it. The Ravens rallied from a 28-7 deficit to make it a 28-23 game with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter, and the Bengals offense had slowed to a crawl.

We’ve seen this story before. Time and again, the Bengals have wilted under the spotlight.

But then Cincinnati went on a 10-play, 65-yard drive to set up a field goal and forced a turnover on the Ravens’ next possession to ice it. With the smooth finish and 34-23 victory, the Bengals are now 2-0 and will be in sole possession of the top spot in the AFC North, regardless how the rest of Week 2 shakes out.

The Bengals have started fast before. In 2015, the team rattled off an 8-0 record in the first half of the year, but the season ended just like every other since 1990 — without a playoff win.

Is this team different? There’s at a couple early indications that it might be.

Andy Dalton played well in primetime

That’s noteworthy considering he usually doesn’t come close to his best under the lights.

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