At this point, what do the Bengals need to do to make this a successful season?
A playoff win, plain and simple. They need to win 1 playoff game and there is absolutely no reason why that should not happen. Still with the longest playoff win drought of 23 years the fan base is restless and is ready to break that streak.
They need to be more consistent on offense. No, not just Andy Dalton, but the offensive line as well. Dalton has not been sacked as much this season as he has in seasons past, but the Bengals are only averaging 3.7 yards a carry.
I know Dalton has been messing up quite a bit, but Andy Dalton is leading the AFC in passing attempts. For a team that claims to put as much emphasis on the run as the Bengals do, they have surly gotten away from a run first mentality.
A successful season for me would be a deep play off run, maybe even a trip to the Super Bowl, we have the talent and the ability we just need to execute. We have proven we can beat elite teams, so I have belief we can continue doing it.