3 Ways The Bengals Can Make The Playoffs

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) hands the ball to running back Giovani Bernard (25) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) hands the ball to running back Giovani Bernard (25) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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3 Ways The Bengals Can Make The Playoffs
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No Fear

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.

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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.

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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.

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