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Cincinnati’s Potential Path to the AFC North’s top Offense

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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field with guard Christian Westerman #63 and center Russell Bodine #61 against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field with guard Christian Westerman #63 and center Russell Bodine #61 against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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Comparison #1- Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 30: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts a pass under pressure in the second half during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 30: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts a pass under pressure in the second half during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

It would be hard to find a team that has had more bad luck over the past year than Pittsburgh. Between Le’veon Bell holding out the entire 2018 season, and the relationship between the organization and Antonio Brown reaching Defcon 1, there just isn’t much positivity in the Steelers 2018 season. Cincinnati should be able to eclipse the formerly high powered offense in 2019, as the Steelers will have to rely on a 37-year-old Ben Roethlisberger, Juju Smith-Schuster, and James Conner.

Cincinnati, it could be argued, should be better at nearly every phase of offense in 2019. Andy Dalton is going to be much younger and coming into his prime as a quarterback. Joe Mixon has proven that he should be a perennial pro bowler moving forward, and A.J Green and Tyler Boyd are reliable star receivers.

Pittsburgh always seems to find a way to pull through these sorts of crises, but this year feels different. I believe that if the Bengals play up to their potential, their talent far outweighs that of the Steelers, and they should have no problem with having a better offense in 2019.

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