The Cincinnati Bengals have enough firepower to go all the way to the Super Bowl. But, are they really that good this season?
The 2017 version of the Cincinnati Bengals has something to prove. They come into the year with a lingering funk that has to be removed. Not only is there a revenge factor from last season, the ghost of 2015 is still lurking in the locker rooms of PBS. The current roster of warriors wearing Orange & Black are more than capable of making the playoffs and going even further.
Honestly, the Bengals are one of the most underrated teams in the NFL. After posting a dismal 6-9-1 record for 2016, experts quickly wrote the team off as a repeat offender for the following year. Truthfully, when the Bengals decided to part ways with Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler, most fans were ready to throw in the towel. Letting a leader walk and a young stud catch on with a division rival seemed like an untreatable psychosis.
Yet, there was a plan in place that fans didn’t really comprehend. While the cry was for the offensive line to get an overhaul, the Bengals brain trust decided to light a fire under the current cast of characters. By adding a few pieces, Cincinnati has gone from a slow and plodding wannabe…to a capable contender.
It’s a rite of passage each season. The Bengals get no respect, analysts predict they’ll fold, miraculously they make the playoffs. In the midst of debunking the predictions, they hit a one-and-done and get booted from the postseason. Frankly, it’s like a well-oiled doomsday clock that keeps resetting.
This year’s unit isn’t talking playoffs. They’re politely…
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