Should We Actually Be Taking Cincinnati Bengals Seriously?

By Cody Williams
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After six weeks of the 2013 NFL season, the Cincinnati Bengals sit with a 4-2 record and hold a one-game lead in the AFC North. They’ve been led this season by the fantastic A.J. Green at the receiver position, the superb play of rookie running back Giovani Bernard, and a solid effort from their defense this season.

The Bengals seem to have the makings of a solid playoff team as they get into the heart of this season. With a lead in the division, if they can continue to pick up victories and grow as a unit, they are almost surely going to be a part of the postseason. However, I’m still not sure that we should be taking this team seriously.

Looking at Cincy’s résumé this season, it hasn’t been as impressive as their 4-2 record might suggest. They only have two quality wins to their name, against the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots. Having said that, it’s hard to not think that the weather was a huge factor in their win versus New England and why they were able to hold the Tom Brady led offense to only six points.

Adding to the questions about this team is the fact that one of their losses came to a Cleveland Browns team that the Bengals should have the advantage over, even if Brian Hoyer was quarterbacking them. Cincinnati also needed overtime to defeat a Buffalo Bills team that put up 24 points on them, despite being led by the unproven Thad Lewis.

If the Bengals are indeed for real, they still need to prove it to me and the rest of the league. There’s no doubt that they will have the chance to do so. All but two of their remaining 10 games this season are against teams that currently have a .500 record or better. If this Bengals team is legit, they are going to have to show it before anyone can seriously get behind them.

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