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Cincinnati Bengals: Ranking the AFC North entering Week 2

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Willie Snead #83 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Lamar Jackson #8 after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Willie Snead #83 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Lamar Jackson #8 after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals in action against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 8, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals in action against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 8, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals were an easy prediction for fourth place in the AFC North. It still might work out that way by the end of the season. However, after a performance few expected against NFC West power Seattle, the skeptics might want to sing a different tune.

If there is any disappointment in the Week 1 loss to the Seahawks it’s a poor performance from the running game, inefficiency in the red zone, and the inability to put away a better opponent when the opportunity presented itself.

As well as Zac Taylor had his team prepared, especially on offense, he’ll need better results from those three areas. As for how that plays out over the balance of 2019 remains to be seen, but one thing that’s for certain is that the Bengals will be better than most thought.

After Week 1, a week that saw both Pittsburgh and Cleveland take the gas pipe, Cincinnati looks to be in a promising position heading into the home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. If Taylor can get the win and build on what everyone saw in Seattle, the Bengals will take a lot of promise to Buffalo for a game that could see them going to Pittsburgh with a record of 2-1.

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