Bengals: 5 Questions About The 2016 Season

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (left), quarterback Andy Dalton (14), and tackle Andrew Whitworth (right) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (left), quarterback Andy Dalton (14), and tackle Andrew Whitworth (right) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Can the Bengals get that elusive postseason win?

Winning isn’t the question. The Bengals have proven they can win. Over the past few seasons, they have established themselves as one of the more successful franchises in the NFL. The question is about type and time.

Looking at the track record of the Bengals, there are glaring inconsistencies. One merely has to look at the W’s and the discrepancies scream out. Bengals Nation and analysts have always pointed out the lack of primetime victories. In order to move to the next level, Lewis will have to prepare his troops for battle under the bright lights.

Primetime wasn’t berry, berry good to the Bengals, in 2015. The lone victory was a dismantling of the Cleveland Browns. If the plan is to eventually exit the Wild Card round and get to AFC Championship, the 1-4 effort of last year will have to improve. Life under the blinding lights is tough. Preparation and determination isn’t all on Lewis. As individuals, Bengals players will need to dig deep and face the demons that keep them from moving forward.

There’s no reason Cincinnati shouldn’t be dancing in the confetti, as Jones once said. The sky’s the limit, for this Bengals team. But, they have to believe it can be done. It’s just a matter of perspective and confidence. The talent is definitely there.

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