Cincinnati Bengals: Five Bold Early Predictions for 2016

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Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the field prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the field prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) during player introductions before 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 cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) during player introductions before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

#3: Bengals Will Win a Playoff Game in 2016

The Bengals should get at least one of two wild card spots. This means they will face either the AFC West, probably Kansas City, or AFC South Champs, the Indianapolis Colts. The Bengals should be able to handle either team, even a second match up versus the Houston Texans would be in the Bengals reach.

Andy Dalton was injured in the second of three match ups last season against the Steelers. A.J. McCarron came in and played an incredible for the final four games of the season. He was inexperienced however in the playoffs and they still came only seconds away, and a major meltdown by multiple players, to lose.

This season, the Bengals should have more composure, now that these young players have really experienced a heated rivalry and can better adjust. I mean even Domata Peko hadn’t experienced something as heated as the Steelers and Bengals ended up being at the end of the season and the playoffs.

If they can play anywhere near the level of last season, winning their first playoff game since 1991 should be within reach. The Bengals, just like last year, will only lose if they beat themselves.

Next: Number Two: Healthy is Key

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