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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3 Points And A Cloud Of Dust

At this point, thoughts normally turn to the defense. The D will actually be fine. Paul Guenther has a little tinkering to do but his unit will start the year off with a bang (Bengals fan optimism).

Ken Zampese is under pressure to get the points on the board. When the Bengals snag that TD, it’s time to convert. That’s the third issue. In 2016, the kicking was absolutely unbearable. All you have to do is think back to Week 16 and the breakdown against Houston. The loss was a microcosm of the season. In all, after the Bye Week, the Bengals lost five games by a total of 16 points. Yeah, that sucks. A missed field goal, botched extra point attempts…it all adds up.

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Going into camp, Randy Bullock has the veteran seniority. But, Jake Elliott will have to unseat him. Evidently, that’s the plan. He’s the first kicker taken in the draft under Lewis’ watch. If he can plug the hole in the dike, the Bengals will have a good chance at winning those close games and that can translate to playoff success.

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