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Cincinnati Bengals: Winning another game or two wouldn’t be all bad

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Head coach Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Head coach Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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Many fans are hoping the Bengals lose their remaining two games to secure the top pick in the 2020 draft, but there would be value in winning them too.

I’m not going to pretend there isn’t logic behind fans wanting the Bengals to lose their final two games and almost certainly lock down Joe Burrow or Chase Young in the process. I get it. However, I also love a challenge. So, here are two reasons why winning the final two game would be good, or at least not bad for the Bengals.

Culture

Zac Taylor has talked about establishing a winning culture at every possible chance since being hired as Bengals head coach. It is tough to do that with a straight face at 1-13 or 1-15, but the former Rams assistant has stayed positive in the pressroom all year long. it becomes slightly easier to sell establishing a culture to players at 2-14 or 3-13.

There are more than two players in the draft that can help this team

The beauty of being as bad as the Bengals are is that the draft is almost impossible to screw up… Almost. Would Burrow or Young be nice? Sure. However, this team needs so much help that almost any top prospect could do wonders. The two remaining games are very winnable for Cincinnati. Winning out would likely land the Bengals with the third overall pick.

In that case, why not add someone like Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in the first round and then go after someone like Jalen Hurts next? Jeudy could prove an invaluable addition, especially if A.J. Green leaves town. Pairing him with someone like Hurts is another way to possibly transform the franchise.

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Again, I get the value of losing to secure the top pick, but the players are going to try to win on the next two Sundays as they have all year long. All I am suggesting is that there is more than one way to rebuild the franchise. Also, there are no “sure things” in the NFL draft, Burrow and Young included.

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