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5 Reasons The Cincinnati Bengals Don’t Have What It Takes

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5 Reasons The Cincinnati Bengals Don't Have What It Takes

Andrew Weber-USA Today Sports

Once a laughing stock and doormat for the rest of the NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals are now becoming a perennial playoff team. The Bengals will be going to the postseason for a third year in a row, this time as AFC North champions.

In the previous two seasons, the Bengals made it in as the No. 6 seed, losing to the Houston Texans both years. Whether it was just a bad matchup or the Bengals not being ready for the big stage, they just didn't get the job done. Things could be different this year as the Bengals will start out at Paul Brown stadium where they went 8-0 in the regular season. They'll be hosting a San Diego Chargers team that they already beat (17-10) that needed a missed field goal and overtime to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bengals are currently favored by 6.5 points to win this Sunday. Can the Bengals make a deep run, though? I have my reservations.

For those of you thinking I'm hating on the Bengals just because I'm a Baltimore Ravens fan, I can assure you that's not the case. I've never really had a problem with the Bengals, unlike a certain yellow-towel-waving team. I'd actually prefer the Bengals to make it over a few choice teams in the AFC. If they make a nice run, then I say good for them, they deserve it. I just believe they're not quite at that level yet and here's a few reasons why...

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Can't trust Andy Dalton

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Andy Dalton has been all over the place this season. Just look at last week's four-interception game. Luckily for the Bengals they were playing a banged-up Ravens team and could overcome that. Dalton is an accident waiting to happen; I'd say he's close to becoming a red-headed Tony Romo.

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No Geno Atkins

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The Bengals have managed without their star in the middle of the defense Geno Atkins. I just wonder if they still won't miss him when they play the top tier teams like the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos.

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Banged up Tight Ends

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Tyler Eifert (neck) and Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) will probably both be back for the Chargers game. Still, you have to wonder how effective they'll be. If the Bengals make it to the divisional round against the Pats, they'll need these guys at the top of their game because you know Aqib Talib will be all over A.J. Green.

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Can't be trusted on the road

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The Bengals were a perfect 8-0 at home in the regular season. The odds favor them to win against the Chargers this Sunday. After that, the Bengals would have to travel to New England and likely Denver if they make it that far. The Bengals only won three games on the road in the regular season against the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills and Chargers. Only one was a playoff team. If the Bengals had the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, I might be singing a different tune.

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Marvin Lewis

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I've been baffled over the years as to why Marvin Lewis continued to keep his job mediocre season after mediocre season. Sure the team has been doing fine the past couple of years, but when you have all of those high draft picks, eventually things will start working out. Then again, there's the Cleveland Browns, so I guess that ruins that point. It's OK because I have another about Lewis and I'm sure Bengals fans will agree. This man makes some of the worst, nonsensical challenges I've ever seen. I don't remember exactly, but I do recall in the playoff game two years ago, Lewis wasted a challenge early on in the game which would have been a difference of four or five yards. If the Bengals blow this first game against the Chargers on something stupid, then Lewis' job should at least be put in question.