For the first time this season, Paul Brown Stadium will be filled. That says it all about the unbeaten Bengals' next game.
Even though they've been very impressive while going 4-0, they've yet to catch everyone's imagination and stamp themselves as an elite team. After four straight first-round playoff losses, their legacy is defined not by October but by January.
Still, a win on Sunday over the two-time NFC champion Seahawks (2-2) would go a long way in redefining them.
"We're getting tired of not getting over that hump," cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. "It gets frustrating, the criticism that people have brought to us."
Here's their chance to end some of it. They've got a lot in their favor as they host a Seattle team hasn't looked like a back-to-back Super Bowl participant so far.
The Seahawks needed a late turnover and a non-call to beat the Lions 13-10 on Monday night and avoid a 1-3 start. Kam Chancellor stripped the ball from Calvin Johnson as he neared the goal line, and K.J. Wright knocked the ball out of the end zone _ an illegal move that wasn't flagged.
Seattle's defense has been championship caliber, allowing no touchdowns and only one field goal in opponents' past 20 possessions. Perhaps its best test yet is against Andy Dalton, who is second in the NFL with a 123 passer rating, trailing only Aaron Rodgers at 125.9.
Dalton has been the NFL's most productive passer in the fourth quarter and on third down, a main reason why the Bengals are still unbeaten.
Now, it's the NFL's second-ranked offense against the second-ranked defense.