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Cincinnati Bengals: 4 bold predictions for Week 5 versus the Cardinals

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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The 0-4 Cincinnati Bengals tangle with the 0-3-1 Arizona Cardinals in a Week 5 match-up where something has to give.

The battle of the winless continues in Week 5. This time, it’s the 0-4 Cincinnati Bengals against the 0-3-1 Arizona Cardinals. Plotlines are simple for both teams as they each need a win, some confidence, and something positive to take into the second quarter of the NFL season.

Sunday is critical for several reasons. The fans who continue to see the 0-4 start for the Bengals as a bump in the road on the way to the playoffs, I feel for you. That said, if you were ever going to feel good about getting a win, this may be your week. The Cardinals are a team not just winless, but still looking for some kind of identity.

Most interesting is the contrast at quarterback. Rookie Kyler Murray will be center stage against the veteran Andy Dalton. Both are on bad teams, both have had their struggles through four games, and both are leading teams in some kind of transition.

For Cincinnati, this looks like a lock, right?

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Wrong. The Bengals have issues of their own which could make this closer than fans would like. Cincinnati is beat up on offense, wretched on the offensive line and in defense, and looked to take a step back against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The bottom line, don’t take Week 5 against the Cardinals for granted.

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