During the holiday season, there is much to be thankful for. One of those things is the Cincinnati Bengals even though they haven’t had a great campaign.
With the holiday season officially upon us, it is a great time to appreciate all that we have to be thankful for. For some NFL fans, there are more things to be thankful for than for others. With the Bengals currently at a mediocre 4-6 it may seem like there’s nothing to be thankful for. However, there are still at least a few things to be thankful for. Here are the top three.
While the offense has been struggling for the vast majority of the season, there has been one constant: A.J. Green. Green hasn’t had the superstar type season he is capable of but he is still top ten in receiving yards and touchdowns.
Even in a down year, Green is one of the most formidable offensive weapons in the NFL. The Bengals are lucky to have a player of his caliber and the fans should be thankful that he still produces in a lackluster offense.
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When Tyler Eifert was once again lost for the season, someone needed to step up. Those somewhat large shoes have thus far been filled nicely by Tyler Kroft. Kroft is third on the team in receptions (28) and second on the team in touchdowns (4). Kroft may not be the same weapon around the goal line that Eifert can be but he has been doing a pretty solid impersonation thus far.
Still alive in the AFC
Perhaps the greatest thing to be thankful for this week is that in spite of the slow start, the Bengals are still alive for the playoffs. Last week’s win over the Denver Broncos moves the Bengals within striking distance of the sixth playoff spot. With the Ravens currently holding the sixth spot with a 5-5 record, the Bengals are technically just one game back.
The Ravens do hold a tiebreaker due to their Week 1 victory over the Men in Stripes, but Cincinnati can even the score Week 17. Assuming the Bengals can put together a string of wins the second half of the season, that one game deficit could evaporate quickly.
What it means
It’s easy to be unhappy with how Cincy’s season has gone thus far. However, there are still some reasons to appreciate this team and what they could still potentially accomplish.