Oct 21, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Same 'ol Situation?‏

It has been 30 years since the Bengals have last had consecutive playoff years, and the drought seems to be continuing. Last year, the Bengals shocked the entire league, going 9-7 and making the playoffs, a year after a dismal 4-12 year and the departure of disgruntled QB Carson Palmer. This was behind the dynamic rookie duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. That was all without an offseason to work with because of the lockout. One had to wonder what these two could do with an offseason, with plenty of optimism that these two would be elite, and the team looked to be built for years to come. Going into 2012, a lot of people picked the Bengals to win the AFC North, but a week 1 beat-down from Baltimore put a bit of a speed bump in Bengals fans’ aspirations. Then the Bengals won three straight games, and they looked outstanding.


Now we are here.  Coming off a three game losing streak, there isn’t much to celebrate for Bengals fans. In a season that was promising at the beginning, and especially after a three game winning streak, the Bengals have seen a lot of ups and downs, with a few more downs than ups: turnovers, poor defensive play, and inconsistency, which is why the record stands at 3-4 and a season that is beginning to look more and more like a lost season.
This isn’t anything new to Bengals fans. It seems that after the Bengals shock the world for a year, they have a really bad year, then another good one, and so on. It has been the same way for the past decade especially. There aren’t many teams that can go from 10-6 to 4-12, and back again, but the Bengals have shown that they can do it.
Here is a look at the records since 2005:

2006: 8-8
2007: 7-9
2008: 4-11-1
2009: 10-6
2010: 4-12
2011: 9-7
2012: (as of right now) 3-4


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