Oct 11, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals mascot Who Dey reacts against the Seattle Seahawks at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The 5-0 Cincinnati Bengals are one of the NFL’s most exciting teams, and Cincinnati’s hot start has sprung several questions about how great this team truly is. Andy Dalton is playing out of his mind, Tyler Eifert looks like a Comeback Player of the Year candidate and the defense isn’t just better than it was in 2014–it’s one of the best units in the league.
Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) celebrates a rushing touchdown with wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Bengals, despite a slow start from A.J. Green (aside from a spectacular game in Baltimore) and a relative inability to establish the run, have the league’s top yardage offense. Andy Dalton is playing like a top-10 quarterback, and his receivers have stepped up to make big plays when Dalton feeds them the ball. The offensive line has only given up six sacks this season; it has already prevented opposing defenses from sacking Andy Dalton in three of its five contests, even shutting out pass-rushers like Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Khalil Mack.
The defense, led by a pass rush that has already recorded 15 sacks after only bringing down 20 quarterbacks in all of the 2014 season, has not only improved from the dumpster fire that it was in 2014; it’s actually a legitimate unit. Cincy’s defense has only given up 20.2 points per game, good for 10th in the NFL.
Even the special teams unit has been spectacular thus far, with punter Kevin Huber playing like a Pro Bowler, the gunners downing punt after punt inside the five-yard line, Adam Jones making plays in the return game and Mike Nugent knocking down clutch kicks.
This team is legit. So without further ado, here are five reasons why the Cincinnati Bengals will win Super Bowl 50.
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