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Five Games Cincinnati Bengals Must Win This Season

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Dec 28, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) communicates at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This season is the “Drive for Five” as we all know. The Cincinnati Bengals has been to the playoffs the last four years, but hold a 0-4 losing record. They will be faced with a tough schedule this year, therefore getting to the playoffs won’t be as easy as past seasons. This year’s schedules ranks as one of the hardest in the league (second only to division rival Pittsburgh Steelers).

The Bengals will face arguably one of the best divisions in the league, the NFC West. They will also play the AFC West, their usual AFC North opponents, and two other playoff caliber teams: Buffalo and Houston.

If there is any division that can rival the AFC North, it is the NFC West. Strong defense and a dominant rushing attack fits the bill for each of these eight teams. The AFC West is a passing division. This is a division that features much quarterback talent such as future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, All-Pro Philip Rivers, the crafty Alex Smith, and the young gun Derek Carr. Buffalo and Houston are two teams on the brink of a playoff berth. Buffalo has been retooled by head coach Rex Ryan and a brand new offense. Houston has JJ Watt, enough said.

With such a hard schedule this year, the Bengals have games they must win in order to make the playoffs for another year in a row. Here are five “must win” games for Cincinnati in the coming season.

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