3 Ways The Bengals Can Step Their Game Up

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Dec 18, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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3 Ways The Bengals Can Step Their Game Up
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Cincinnati Bengals fans have become numb to the promises of better days. But, if the franchise wants to keep their loyalty, it’s time to step the game up.

When most fans think about the Bengals, it’s usually in terms of winning. That being said, the bulk of the victories are coming during the regular season. Who am I kidding? All of the wins are piled up during the 17 week season. In order to get over that hump, the Bengals need to do some serious soul-searching. The front office has done a great job in the draft. Young talent is nurtured and groomed to become solid players. But, it hurts to see that talent getting accolades elsewhere. The recurring nightmare of losing players in free agency has to stop.

Quite simply, the Bengals franchise needs to step their game up and do what it takes to win now. It’s great to see the growth in rookies from year to year. But, when those youngsters aren’t given a chance to play, what’s the use of signing them to contracts? Yeah, it’s all about learning the NFL system. But, whatever happened to baptism by fire? Some things are learned best in action.

If Cincinnati doesn’t change their approach to usage of players and winning, things could get pretty ugly. The Queen City is starved for more than a truckload of W’s and nothing to brag about in the postseason. Bengals fans detest the Steelers fans and their “ring talk.” But, at least they have rings to talk about. When the Bengals start a legitimate push for playoff validity, fans will stop the whining. How does it get done?

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