3 Potential snags in Cincinnati Bengals’ playoff run

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May 30, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass in the pocket during the Week 2 OTAs at the Cincinnati Bengals training facility. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK
May 30, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass in the pocket during the Week 2 OTAs at the Cincinnati Bengals training facility. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK /
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3 Potential snags in Cincinnati Bengals' playoff run
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Will The Real O-line Please Stand Up?

For those of you who used to bump Eminem’s cut, you know the deal. If not, just look up an old program called, To Tell the Truth. This will surely be a coming-of-age test for the Bengals’ big uglies. Andre Smith has returned from his exile to the land of Minnesota and he has to stay healthy. When he anchored the right tackle position for seven years, the run game was decent. But, his weakness was in protecting Andy. 

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Get ready, Smith will probably be doing some of Kevin Zeitler’s dirty work. He’s never played that position but the Bengals will need him to step up. If he fails to make the cut, Alex Redmond, Christian Westerman and Trey Hopkins are also in the mix. Things will be…interesting.

As for Cedric Ogbuehi, that story will have to be determined on the fly. His determination to get better is there. But, as with the entire line, saying and doing are pending. Of everything that could be a potential snag, the O-line is most concerning. The protection has to be spot-on for Dalton to connect with his new toys. Making holes for the running backs will also be a priority. If that suffers also, it could turn out to be a long season.

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