AFC North: The Bengals Biggest Threat
The Bengals have spoiled the dreams of their AFC North competition, for five years straight. Which team has the firepower to be a threat?
It’s no longer a secret. The Cincinnati Bengals have become a yearly fixture in the postseason. Under the guidance of head coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals have made the playoffs five consecutive years. As far as appearances, they’re in elite company. Only the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots have done it five or more straight years. But, there are three other teams in the AFC North that are vying for primetime exposure also. Which team poses a threat to the men in Orange and Black?
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Since the arrival of the Dalton-Green regime, the Bengals have played at a competitive level. Cincinnati has emerged as one of the most successful NFL franchises. Over the past years, the Bengals have compiled a record of 52-27-1 (.719). That’s nothing to sneeze at, even if plagued with an allergic reaction to anything Bengals related.
The AFC North has become a wild and crazy place to play the game of football. It’s like the Thunderdome of the NFL. Teams are either prepared for the madness or tossed onto the junk heap of forgetfulness. Outside of the insanity of Bengals-Steelers, is there any team that stands out as a true foe? With the Bengals putting a quality product on the field each year, finding a viable threat is a chore. Yet, the hatred (translation: jealousy) for WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict can make any team a rival.
Who’ll be the biggest challenge? Here’s a closer look.