Bengals’ upcoming three-game stretch can turn season around

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 01: George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a diving catch in the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Aller /Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 01: George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a diving catch in the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Aller /Getty Images) /
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Bengals' upcoming three-game stretch can turn season around
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Back For Indy

This is where things can get tricky. The schedule brings Cincinnati home to face the Colts. But, as all Bengals fans realize, they have a hard team beating teams they should.

Before the Week 8 duel, the Colts have to face San Fran, the Titans and a fired up Jaguars defense. Hopefully, Andrew Luck will still be a rusty shell of himself. He’s back on the practice field and working his way back to starting condition.

"“We are where we are with that,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “There’s no timeline. When they say he’s healthy and ready to go, we’ll get him out there. He’s played a lot of football.”"

With that being said, there’s a huge possibility that the Bengals will be seeing one of two QBs. Scott Tolzien, a seventh-year backup, or Jacoby Brissett will be the choices. Actually, it doesn’t matter who’s barking the signals. The Bengals need this game like they need air to breathe. This is another showdown that has been turned into a major game because of the implications.

Next: A New Dalton?

You know what this is? It’s major trap game territory. If Lewis doesn’t have the troops ready for this matchup, the results could be as devastating as the Houston loss.

There’s no doubt Bill Lazor will have a decent scheme drawn up for the Colts. But, this will be about two things. Dalton will have to produce in a “big” game and the defense will definitely have to show up.

If Cincinnati can pull off this three-game stretch without a loss, the season could easily turn around.

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