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The Bengals face three straight November opponents all in the playoff hunt

Cincinnati Bengals, Lamar Jackson(Photo by Dan Kubus/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals begin the second half of the season when they host the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens, one of three November teams who look to be in the playoff hunt.

If you thought the first two months or the season was rough on the Cincinnati Bengals, it doesn’t look to get easier in November. All three of their opponents won in Week 9, with the most impressive coming by AFC North rival, Baltimore Ravens. In Week 10, Cincinnati will host Baltimore as they break in a rookie quarterback, and face a potential MVP candidate in his counterpart.

After a curious bye week, the Bengals get back to work as Ryan Finley gets the start in place of veteran Andy Dalton. Dalton, who was benched at the trade deadline, will begin the long process of figuring out what’s next after a dismal 0-8 start to the season.

Cincinnati, who is no stranger to dysfunction, begins the second half with the potential return of A.J. Green. Green, who has been hampered with an injury for all of the first eight weeks of the season, goes to work with a rookie quarterback and a rookie head coach both looking for a first win on the year.

Week 10 won’t be an easy one for the Bengals. Baltimore is coming off of a huge win against the New England Patriots. Quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to be ramping up to a monster second season in the league, making odds long for Cincinnati to get their first win. Which may be a theme in November.

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The Bengals get three teams who look to be surging heading into the last two months of the season. After Baltimore, Cincinnati heads to the AFC West to play the 4-4 Oakland Raiders before closing out the month against division rival Pittsburgh.

That first win may be hard to come by in November, making fans wait until possibly December to finally break the winless drought.