The argument can be made that no team has been a bigger surprise over the last two seasons than the Cincinnati Bengals as they’ve earned the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs in each of the last two seasons. While they’ve managed to earn a Wild Card spot both times, all eyes will be on whether or not the Bengals can overcome the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens to take the AFC North.
One of the main reasons why Cincinnati has been so successful over the last two seasons is because of the emergence of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green–who are quickly becoming one of the league’s top duos on offense. Everybody knew the potential was there for Dalton and Green when Cincinnati selected them in the 2011 NFL Draft, but nobody could have predicted them to be this successful over the first two years of their career.
Of course, all of their success from the last two seasons means the amount of pressure will be even higher heading into next season as the Bengals not only look to reach the playoffs for the third-straight season, but pick up their first playoff win in the Marvin Lewis era. Cincinnati certainly has the talent to make another run at the postseason and the best part is–they have a solid defense to go along with their offense as well.
It’s still early on, but there’s no reason why the Bengals can’t emerge on top of the AFC North next season with the way they’ve played over the last two years.
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