Cincinnati Bengals Are Struggling to Hang On In AFC North

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Earlier in the year, it looked like the Cincinnati Bengals would run away with the AFC North, and even though they have a two-game lead over the defending the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, it almost seems like the Bengals are struggling to keep it. Cincinnati survived on the west coast as the Bengals defeated the San Diego Chargers 17-10, which was a game that I personally felt the Bengals would lose.

In recent years, or even decades for that matter, the Bengals have never really been a team that takes care of their own business in critical situations. Losing on the road against a solid team in the Chargers has been the norm in the past, but not this year.

“We’re not playing just to make the playoffs,” Bengals cornerback Adam Jones noted via ESPN.com. “We’re playing for the bye.” That’s nice and all, but the Bengals have to win a playoff game before they start thinking any further about first-round byes. They have to take it one step at a time. I think Bengals fans would like to see their team react with their actions, and win a playoff game rather than listen to the Bengals’ players talk about it.

Bengals fans are pretty much in the “show me” stage. I think the rest of the football world is in that stage too.

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