Sunday’s 27-24 overtime decision over the Seattle Seahawks was one for the It Factor. It might not have been perfect with shutdown defense or, for most of three quarters, the sort of brilliant offensive belligerence to which Bengals fans have become accustomed.

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CINCINNATI — So many games to play. So many chances to reaffirm beliefs and validate suspicions and say I told you so. Eleven more, to be exact, in the regular season. Eleven more times the Bengals will prove us right or wrong or simply ill-informed. So let’s just predict this:

Sunday’s 27-24 overtime decision over the Seattle Seahawks was one for the It Factor. It might not have been perfect with shutdown defense or, for most of three quarters, the sort of brilliant offensive belligerence to which we’ve become accustomed.

It was fat with intangibles, though. It overflowed with the It Factor. Karma of the good sort. On Sunday, the Bengals showed they have It, however you’d like it interpreted. This was a special win, with a chance to be defining. Will the Bengals trip over January again?

No telling. But not likely.

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A team of big talent also has become one of big focus. Talent and focus are intersecting at a sweet spot in time, with a quarterback who shows no evidence of regressing. Andy Dalton — aka New Andy — went 10 for 11 in the crazy fourth quarter for 105 yards and 17 points.

He threw a touchdown and ran for another, a 5-yard bull rush up the middle that was the result of an audible he called. Dalton, changing a play and calling his own number?

Fear the Ginger.

Then, with the It Factor on the line, Dalton moved the offense 69 yards in the final 2:17 of regulation, without a timeout to lean on, against a defense of very bad men, and we mean that in all the complimentary ways. The Seahawks might be less than special offensively. On defense, they are coyotes at a carcass party.

Mike Nugent’s 31-yard field goal into a dying clock sent the game into overtime. Because kickers’ careers pass perpetually through a hero/goat/redemption spin cycle, Nugent atoned for a miss last week with the 42-yard game winner this week. Because the Bengals own the It Factor, the kick boinked the left upright and fell through.

It’s not just that the Bengals are winning every game. It’s how. They are a coach’s cliché dream. They don’t give up, they play together, they’re rewarded for the work they provide. God love ‘em, they’re sounding so much like Marvin Lewis, they proclaimed this just another game and swore they were already thinking about their next game at Buffalo.

They might actually believe that. But this was an It Win, rallying from 17 down in the fourth quarter, after more than two quarters of playing possum against the defending NFC champs.

The Bengals’ first drive was paper through a shredder: Seven plays, 86 yards, a touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert. The Seahawks’ collective heads were spinning like a top. But on their next possession, the Bengals lost a 72-yard Dalton-to-A. J. Green touchdown pass, when Andrew Whitworth was caught holding. After that, Seattle played like Seattle on defense and ran up a 24-7 edge.

The Bengals looked dead, ready to be laid out for the skeptics to view and snicker knowingly. Then, Pacman-on-game-days Jones returned a punt 35 yards, Cincinnati scored four plays later, and everything changed. Including, perhaps a season.

At some point, every football team’s season takes on a life of its own, for better or worse. Teams that find creative ways to lose now will do the same two months hence. And vice versa. Sunday set the Bengals’ course, as surely as that crazy fourth quarter comeback.

The It Factor lives, and it lives right here in River City.