Will the Bengals make it to the playoffs in back to back seasons for the first time in 30 years? If they do, will they win their first playoff game since 1990?
The Bengals currently hold the longest drought in playoff wins in the NFL and as the 3rd best team in their division last season, it will take some grinding to get there.
Head coach Marvin Lewis is well aware of his teams playoff fertility. Lewis is entering his 9th season with the team and he has yet to win a playoff game.
Although he is the 3rd longest tenured coach in the league, Lewis has experienced more tribulation than triumph in his time in Cincinnati.
This could be the beginning of the second chance that Lewis needs to turn this franchise around for good. The new era of Cincinnati football is cemented with a firm foundation of young, talented leaders and an assembly of assistant coaches who have proven they can get the most out of their players.
But the proof is in the pudding. Much like Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans last year, if the Bengals can turn in a solid regular season and at least get out of the first round in the postseason we could be talking about this team as one of the best up and coming squads in the entire NFL.
Are the Bengals on their way to fortifying themselves as a force to be reckoned with for years to come? The answer is coming soon.