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 cornerback Adam Jones (24) 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 cornerback Adam Jones (24) 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 /

26 penalties committed by the Bengals’ offensive line in 2015. Neither Bengals guard committed a single penalty.

27 combined years pro between Leon Hall, Adam Jones and Reggie Nelson (the Bengals’ longest-tenured players in the secondary—all of whom are free agents).

28 rushing attempts by Steelers running backs in the Bengals’ Wild Card loss (Cincinnati’s backs only had 19 carries).

29 (Leon Hall) has played nine seasons with the Bengals, but the possibility of him playing another game in Cincinnati is very low.

30 (Cedric Peerman) recorded 19 special teams tackles in 2015 but wasn’t elected to the Pro Bowl. He got snubbed.

31 of opponents’ first downs were gained by penalties. That’s nearly two per game.

32 (Jeremy Hill) averaged 3.6 yards per carry in 2015 after averaging 5.1 in 2014. His longest run of the season was a 38-yarder in the playoffs.

33 (Rex Burkhead) only averaged a yard per carry on four attempts in 2015. He also lost a huge fumble in the Seahawks game.

34 kickoffs returned by the Bengals for only 700 yards (20.6 yards per return–two yards less per return than opponents).

35 yards gained on Cincinnati’s longest punt return of the season (Adam Jones alone had three returns of at least 45 yards in 2014).

36 (Shawn Williams) will likely start for Cincinnati at safety next season. He only has four career starts.

37 tackles made by Carlos Dunlap, who set a Bengals record with 13.5 sacks. If it weren’t for an injury to Muhammad Wilkerson, he would not have even made the Pro Bowl.

38 yards were gained on the Bengals’ longest run of the season. Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard had five games with a 30+ yard run in 2014, compared to two in 2015 (one of the two came in the playoffs).

39 yards: the longest of Chris Boswell’s four field goals in the Bengals’ Wild Card loss. It would’ve been a 50-yarder or more if not for two horrible penalties by Cincinnati’s defense.

40 percent of third downs were converted by the Bengals. Cincinnati only converted 33 percent of third downs in its Wild Card loss.

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