5 Reasons The Cincinnati Bengals Will Win The Super Bowl

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Why The Cincinnati Bengals Will Win The Super Bowl

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The Lombardi Trophy is up for grabs, and 12 NFL teams will try to traverse the arduous path to the Super Bowl this year in an attempt to achieve stardom. While the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks seem to steal the spotlight this postseason because of their undeniable success, 10 other teams will attempt to show the nation that they belong in the Super Bowl discussion.

One of those teams is the Cincinnati Bengals. Boasting an 11-5 record, these feisty Bengals conquered the defending champions, the Baltimore Ravens, on their way to the playoffs this season. Armed with one of the better wide receivers in the league, A.J. Green, the Bengals should be able to exploit opposing defenses.

Andy Dalton is at the helm of Cincinnati’s high-powered offense, and he has grown into his role as the starting quarterback. Dalton is in his third year as the starting quarterback of the Bengals, and 2013 has been a fruitful season for the TCU product. Dalton has passed for 33 touchdowns this year, third most in the league. Keep in mind that only Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are ahead of Dalton in this category. That’s some good company to be in.

The Bengals have also attained greatness defensively this year. They are only allowing an average of 305 yards per game. This corps of talented defenders is led by linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who, for some reason, went undrafted in 2012. Burfict flew under the radar during last year’s draft, but the Bengals took a chance with him and it has paid dividends. The former Arizona State standout ranks third in the NFL in solo tackles with 114 this season.

The Bengals have looked like an explosive team all year long on both sides of the ball. Now, Cincinnati has a chance to finally silence their critics when Marvin Lewis hoists the prestigious Lombardi Trophy come February.

Here are five reasons why the Bengals will win the Super Bowl this year.

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5. Juggernaut Offense

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The Cincinnati Bengals have terrorized defenses this year. Their offense has racked up 5,894 total yards this year, which is the largest offensive output by the Bengals since 1989, when Cincinnati tallied more than 6,000 yards.

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4. Hot Streak

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The Cincinnati Bengals have won five of their last six games heading into this year’s playoffs. One of those five recent wins was a 42-14 pummeling of the hapless Minnesota Vikings. The Bengals are peaking at the perfect moment and look poised to win the Super Bowl.

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3. X Factor: AJ Green

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I can only imagine how much the Cincinnati Bengals organization appreciates A.J. Green’s offensive production. The stellar wide receiver is garnering nationwide attention for his athletic prowess and for his ability to snag touchdown passes with ease. This season, Green has hauled in 98 receptions for 1,426 yards, fifth most in the NFL. If Green can produce gaudy numbers during the postseason, then there shouldn’t be any reason the Bengals won’t reach the Super Bowl.

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2. Stingy Defense

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Offenses didn’t have much success against the Cincinnati Bengals' defense this season. This defense ranks third in the league in total yards allowed (305). If that’s not impressive enough, the Bengals' defense has shown their high level of discipline by giving up only 692 yards on penalties. That’s the fourth-lowest in the league. Additionally, the Bengals have stood steadfast on third down opportunities. This defense has only allowed offenses to convert 33 percent of their third downs, second lowest in the NFL.

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1. No-Fly Zone

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The Cincinnati Bengals' secondary has been one of the better units in the league this year, and for good reason. They lead the NFL in passes deflected with 122 and have scored four defensive touchdowns, third most in the league this year. While the secondary has been seemingly impenetrable this season, their defensive line has definitely applied the pressure. Defensive ends Carlos Dunlap and Wallace Gilberry lead the team with 7.5 sacks each.