5 Ways The Bengals Can Make It To Super Bowl LII

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Oct 9, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the huddle during a time out against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the huddle during a time out against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 18, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals offense lines up against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Get Consistency from the O-line

One of the main reasons Cincinnati had struggled on offense was due to the inconsistent play from the O-line.  Whether it was the right tackle or the center spot, they couldn’t get any consistency from the line. Andy Dalton was sacked 41 times this year. That’s the most since his sophomore season and an outrageous amount The Bengals were ranked #7 in sacks allowed on the quarterback. Even with Dalton’s quick release ability, the O-line wasn’t able to hold their place which cost them some winnable games.

One option to look at to improve the O-line could be free agency. Some options include Sebastian Vollmer, Andre Smith, Joe Hawley,  and others which could be a great help. Although there aren’t any big name linemen, Vollmer could end up being a nice bargain if Cincinnati is able to snatch him from New England. In addition to getting offensive line help, the Bengals will need to keep the core together by re-signing Andrew Whitworth and also Kevin Zeitler which may be difficult.

Another route the Bengals could go is through the draft. But,  I wouldn’t prefer the Bengals to draft another lineman in the first round. I could see some great centers in the second round, including Ethan Pocic and also Pat Elfeire. If Zeitler leaves through free agency, the Bengals could be trading down or trading back into the first round to pick up a guard like Dan Feeney or Forrest Lamp. If Lamp is there in the 2nd round, I would take a look at him for sure.

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