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Potential Roadblocks to Success Remain for Bengals

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I know it’s still far too early to make any kind of valid assessment on the strength of schedule for any team. But judging by the kind of talent that the Bengals will be facing in 2012, they could be in for many hard-fought battles. Especially in the second half of the season where the Bengals last five games are against San Diego, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. If in any season in recent memory, that stretch doesn’t scare you in the slightest, you may as well have ice water flowing through your veins.

Looking at the Bengals schedule in 2012 compared to 2011, there are large differences between the caliber of teams that they play. 2012 features six games against 2011 playoff teams, and 10 games against teams that finished the 2011 season at least 8-8. Condidering that the Bengals finished 9-7 last season, that makes for a lot of viable opponents in 2012. Yes, there are always surprise teams and teams that have a let-down season, but looking at the 2012 schedule, it appears right now to be no cake walk.

It’s still early in 2012 and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the Bengals this season, but there are also things to be weary of as well. Personally, I believe that this team has what it takes to make another playoff run this season, but there are things that need to be addressed in order to do so. I have plenty of faith in the Bengals coaching staff and players alike, and feel that they will be prepared for what lies ahead. The 2012 Cincinnati Bengals can not afford to hit any of these roadblocks unprepared.

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