Bengals vs. Cardinals: From the End Zone

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Nov 22, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) celebrates a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

What to Expect Moving Forward

While an alarming number of Bengals fans seem to have already given up on the season, proclaiming things like “8-8,” “bungles are back” and more, we here at Stripe Hype have not given up–giving up when your team is 8-2 is absolutely ridiculous, by the way.

The Bengals will likely need to win two of their next six games in order to lock up a playoff spot, and they have four games that could be considered easy wins.

Every remaining team on Cincinnati’s schedule has started multiple quarterbacks this season, and only three of the six of the Bengals’ remaining opponents could end up playing their Week 1 starter (Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Denver).

And while people may tell me not to jinx anything, this is a cakewalk of a schedule for the Bengals. I fully expect them to win at least four of their remaining six games, win the AFC North and hopefully lock up a first-round playoff bye.

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As a point of emphasis, it’s important to reiterate that the Bengals have lost two games by a combined seven points. Things could be a lot worse for Cincinnati. And even if things aren’t perfect throughout the rest of the season, 2015 has been a great year to be a Bengals fan. We’ve been treated to two of the best games of the Dalton era, a perfect record after eight weeks, an exciting team and great quarterback play.

And oh yeah, I almost forgot–the Bengals will likely make the playoffs for the fifth straight season and are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

Being a Bengals fan doesn’t get much better than this.