Thankful to be a Cincinnati Bengals Fan

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Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap (96) celebrates during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


On this Thanksgiving, it seems only appropriate to reflect on all the reasons fans should be thankful for the Cincinnati Bengals season. We all had high hopes going into this season, and the players themselves were talking about Super Bowl aspirations during the taping of Hard Knocks. Of course last year, they also made up shirts that said “DNO” or Destination New Orleans, the site of last year’s Super Bowl as well.

Cynical fans were tempered with cautious optimism, maybe. Others bought the hype and looked at the schedule and saw it as favorable, with a possibility of being one of the better teams in the AFC. Whatever the outlook you had previously, you can’t help but be thankful for where this team is after some of the injuries to some very key players on the defensive front. Guys have stepped up and taken on greater roles than would normally be expected of them and lead this team.

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