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5 Reasons Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Win the AFC North

5 Reasons Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Win the AFC North

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Let's just face it people, the Cincinnati Bengals have the most talented roster from top to bottom heading into the 2014 NFL season in the AFC North with the additions of Danieal Manning during free agency, Jeremy Hill, Russell Bodine, Darqueze Dennard and Will Clarke via the 2014 NFL Draft. The Bengals are set up for dominance in their own division, and possibly the entire AFC.

5. Talented Offense

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5. Talented Offense

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A.J. Green is one of the best receivers in the game as of now, and with Marvin Jones taking over the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, this offense will be able to fly. Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill should create one of the better backfields in the AFC, which will create more opportunities for Andy Dalton to improve and manage. Not to mention that Tyler Eifert is ready for a breakout year after an average rookie season at best.

4. Defensive Depth

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4. Defensive Depth

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Vontaze Burfict led the NFL in tackles last season with 171 accumulated. Burfict's play can only improve, and new defensive coordinator Paul Geunther will use his linebackers the best way possible in the AFC North. Danieal Manning was added to improve the safety depth, and when Darqueze Dennard was drafted, he instantly improved the defense overall. Fresh legs and proven veterans will make this Bengals defense dangerous in 2014.

3. A Stellar O-LIne

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3. A Stellar O-Line

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Arguably one of the most underrated lineman in the NFL, Andrew Whitworth anchors a solid group of men who will protect Andy Dalton and the running game the best way possible. Reaching the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal, and with the additions of Marshall Newhouse via free agency and Russell Bodine via draft, this team will focus on running the ball to improve their chances on winning it all; along with being crowned AFC North Champs in 2014.

2. Return of Geno Atkins

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2. Return of Geno Atkins

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The All-Pro defensive tackle will be looking to make the return of his lifetime after tearing his ACL against the Miami Dolphins on Halloween night in 2013. When Geno Atkins returns to the starting lineup, look for this defensive line to be one of the best again by the end of the season. Carlos Dunlap, Domato Peko, Wallace Gilberry, Margus Hunt and Will Clarke will flourish with Mr. Atkins back wrecking havoc on a great defense.

1. Hue Jackson's Run Offense

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1. Hue Jackson's Run Offense

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Finally, the Bengals will win the AFC North title for the second-consecutive year all because of one man: Hue Jackson. Sure, Andy Dalton needs to play stellar in 2014, but Jackson will be the catalyst making sure the Bengals' offense runs effectively and plays with an uptempo style moving forward. Less throwing, more running and efficiency will guarantee a second AFC North crown if the cards are played right.