CINCINNATI - Just in time.
Among the highlight items of a wild NFL Sunday is the Bengals 31-13 win over the Giants, one that the Bengals would have celebrated like crazy had it come against the defending Super Bowl champs or some pee-wee team from down the street.
Winning is the greatest deodorant, and you can guess what was needed in that Bengals locker room.
The Bengals are no longer carrying a four-game losing streak or the burdens that come with such a streak. They'd played three "must-win" games in a row, and they'd lost all three. They hadn't won since September 30.
Then they beat the Giants. Now -- temporarily, anyway -- all is well again. Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes. One of them went to A.J. Green, who's caught one in eight straight games but usually faces double and triple teams.
On Green's 56-yard touchdown, nobody covered him. And that was just the start of a three-hour nightmare for the Giants.
For the Bengals, 4-5 never looked so good.