Cincinnati Bengals: Sunday Starts a 4-Game Winning Streak

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Jun 14, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 18, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bengals beat the Bills 34-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bengals beat the Bills 34-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports /

4-game schedule

I forecast a four-game winning streak for the Bengals. Here’s the opponents they will take down in that span:

  • Buffalo (Home)
  • Baltimore (Away)
  • Philadelphia (Home)
  • Cleveland (Away)

Do any of these opponents just overwhelm you? Buffalo is an average team, Baltimore and Philadelphia are led by their defenses, and Cleveland is winless.

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Tyrod Taylor, Joe Flacco, Carson Wentz, and Cody Kessler (maybe RGIII? ). Looking at those four signal callers, I have confidence in a Bengals’ defense that led the conference in scoring last season.

The Bengals still get two cracks at the Ravens. The current division-leader. They have beaten Baltimore five consecutive times with their last loss coming in overtime in 2013. And frankly, Flacco is one of the few quarterbacks that doesn’t scare me. He’s prone to mistakes and he has been wildly inconsistent this season more than ever.

Offensively, the next three games will be a true test. While the offenses of Buffalo, Baltimore, and Philly are not putting up big numbers, but all three teams have defenses that rank in the NFL’s top half.

Can the Bengals win three close, low-scoring games before demolishing Cleveland on December 11th? Absolutely.

Look, I know things look bleak. The season is on life-support. But the Bengals still have four division games left to do some damage. When the Cleveland Browns are still mathematically in the playoff race, it’s not time for Bengal supporters to throw in the towel.

Worry about Marvin Lewis after the season. There’s still seven games to play! Just enjoy the next four weeks, because the Bengals will be 7-5-1 when they host Pittsburgh on December 18th.

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