It’s time to stop the insanity under the bright lights. Last year, the Bengals had four primetime games scheduled. The Week 15 duel with the Steelers was flexed. The result was a 1-2 offering that had only one game of merit. The Thursday night drubbing of Miami was a defensive and offensive collaboration that teased fans with what this team is capable of doing.
Unfortunately, the Bengals’ 6-9-1 finish could put a halt to heavy primetime scheduling. A lack of night games could give the franchise a shot at finishing above .500. But, that shouldn’t be the feeling. Playoff games have a primetime feel no matter what time of day they’re scheduled.
It’s time to start playing like champions.
The road warrior mentality has to make a comeback also. During the 2015 campaign, the Bengals were 6-2 away from the confines of PBS. Last season, the numbers were a complete flip. Unless the Bengals go undefeated at home, a losing record on the road is not an option. Ideally, splitting the road games and winning six at home will get a Wild Card berth. But, this is a new year. A new year means new mentality. It’s all about that bye week. In order to get it, there has to be a mindset to achieve nothing less.
Making the playoffs will be a huge hurdle this year. The draft will give coaches and fans a better idea of what to expect. The moves being made denote there will be an infusion of youth. Hopefully, the Bengals will capitalize on the fresh faces and hunger for a playoff win.