Why The Bengals Face An Uphill Battle In 2017

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Jan 1, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Why The Bengals Face An Uphill Battle In 2017
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The 2016 campaign was a disaster. The new year will be a chance for the Cincinnati Bengals to prove they can return to form.

It seemed like times had changed. The Cincinnati Bengals had turned the corner and found themselves among the Big Boys of the NFL. For a span of five straight years, fans were treated to postseason bliss. The Dalton-Green era was churning out playoff appearances like a New York hot dog vendor. It was only a matter of time before the Bengals put it all together and made a serious run at that Lombardi. The talent was coming together and gelling at the right time. Suddenly, there was a glimmer of hope. The 2015 version won 12 games and looked like an AFC North powerhouse.

But, all dreams have either a happy, sad or meh ending. The Bengals effectively doused fan’s passions with a meltdown. It’s still painful to revisit that primetime January 9 Wild Card match and think of what could have been. Sadly. That one game has been a defining moment for a team that has come so far. But, it’s not about the potential. It’s all about the wins. Since 2011, the Bengals have had five chances to notch a playoff victory. In that effort, they are 0-5. In essence, under the command of Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati is 0-7. It’s truly not a good look for a team trying to shed an image of mediocrity.

If things go well in the draft–and that’s a huge IF–the Bengals have a chance to prove it was all planned. This could be the year the franchise can say, “Told ya so.” But, it all depends on how well Cincinnati adjusts to what needs to be done.

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