Bengals: 3 Reasons Why They Will Finish 13-3 or Better

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Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) returns an interception as Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Cameron Erving (74) goes for the tackle during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

If there is one team this season that seems to show the confidence and poise of a Super Bowl caliber team, it is the Cincinnati Bengals. At 10-2, this team is in line to reach their fifth post season in just as many years. The Bengals have never finished better than 12-4, with both times coming in years the team has reached the Super Bowl (’81,’88), but then again, we keep talking about this years team differently than years past.

So that begs the question, Can the Bengals finish at 13-3 or even 14-2? Well here are our three reasons why we think this Bengals team can do just that.

Best Bengals Team Since 1988

This Bengals team has been doing everything right, from winning most of the games they are expected to win, to taking a few games that were suppose to be close. Up until this season, the best start by a Bengals team was 6-0 in 1975 and 1988. That franchise record was broken this season when the Bengals went 8-0 before suffering their first loss to the Houston Texans.

I had mentioned that this team is different. In 2015, the Bengals defense through 12 games have allowed 16.3 point per game (PPG), and the offense has scored 23.3 points per game. In 1988, the Bengals were more offensive heavy, with 28 points per game and the defense was not as stingy with 20.6 points per game allowed.

This Bengals team seems to be headed in at least a similar direction as the 1988 team. They were both approximately a touchdown better on average than their opponents. We, at Stripe Hype, aren’t the only ones who think this team is better either, it appears a lot of you feel the same way:

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