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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 keys to making the playoffs in 2021

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How Cincinnati Bengals can make playoffs – Split each series with division opponents

The Cincinnati Bengals play in a very competitive division with the other three teams having playoff aspirations and expectations in 2021. For Cincinnati to have a chance, they need to not put themselves into a hole that cannot be climbed out of. That means keeping even with each division rival throughout the year.

If the Bengals were to fall to 0-2 against any of their division rivals, then they would need to go 2-0 against one of the other teams. Since splitting each series is already a daunting task, trying to sweep Cleveland, Baltimore, or Pittsburgh becomes near impossible for the current team.

The onus will be in large part up to the coaching staff to not only prepare the team for these crucial meetings but also to create special game plans six times over the season.

After a few seasons, Zac Taylor has a chance to make a shocking run if things go right. While the past two seasons have been about development and progress, this will be the start of his tenure that will be determined by success.

If the Bengals hope to compete this year, they will need to show that they can beat playoff-caliber teams, which included all three other teams in the AFC North.

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These are three keys for the Bengals when it comes to making the playoffs. Will they be able to come close to pushing for a postseason berth in 2021?

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