55 reasons why 2015 was heartbreaking for Bengals fans

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) walks off the field after the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) walks off the field after the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

11 more first downs gained by opponents than the Bengals in the regular season.

12 regular-season unnecessary roughness penalties called on Cincinnati, the third-most of any team (two more in the playoffs).

13 scoreless quarters in six playoff games under Marvin Lewis

14 (Andy Dalton) finished the year with the NFL’s second-highest passer rating. Somehow, he did not earn a Pro Bowl nod.

15 players on the Bengals roster will be free agents after the season ends.

16 interceptions thrown between Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, two players who snuck past Andy Dalton into the Pro Bowl (Dalton only threw seven picks; he got snubbed).

17 total offensive turnovers by the Bengals in 2015.

18 yards: Brandon Tate’s longest punt return of the season.

19 (Brandon Tate) only has one returning touchdown as a Bengal, yet he’s been in Cincinnati for five straight years.

20 (Reggie Nelson) had the best season of his career, with eight interceptions, but he is now 32 years old and a free agent. The Bengals could sacrifice re-signing a talented young player by extending Nelson.

21 first downs gained by the Steelers in the Bengals’ Wild Card loss.

22 games missed by Bengals starters due to injury.

23 rushing attempts per game between Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard (27 attempts per game in 2014).

24 (Adam Jones) gave up under 400 yards receiving and just one touchdown during the regular season. He only committed five penalties all season and only gave up one touchdown. Despite this, he didn’t earn a Pro Bowl nod and is still one of the most disliked players in the NFL.

25 years since the Bengals’ last playoff win.

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