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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Which Playoff Team This Year Will Tumble in 2016?

The NFL season is officially over, now starts the offseason. The Cincinnati Bengals have a few things to work on this offseason to make sure they make it back to the playoffs next year. Cincinnati finished the regular season (10-5-1). The Bengals have made it to the playoffs the last 4 years, but have lost all 4 for those games in the wild card game.

The Bengals were bad on defense finishing towards the bottom of the league and were the worst regular season defense in this year’s playoff. The Bengals finished 20th in rushing yards and 20th in passing yards allowed per game to opposing teams.

They also finished in the middle of the pack on total offense. Quarterback Andy Dalton had a few awful games. Dalton only threw over 250 yards in 4 games this season. In those 4 games the Bengals finished (2-1-1). Dalton tied his career low in passing yards in a season with 3,398 and set a new career low with throwing only 19 touchdowns on the season.

Cincinnati also plays in a tough AFC North, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. The Steelers and Ravens both made the playoffs this year and the up and coming Cleveland Browns finished (7-9). Not to mention the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, and Buffalo Bills all finished this year (9-7). Those 4 teams could be on the verge of getting over the hump and getting into the playoffs, and then forcing the Bengals out of the playoffs next year. The fact that the Bengals play in a tough division, plus a lower level defense and have an inconsistent quarterback are all reasons the Bengals could be the most likely team from this year’s playoffs to not make it back in 2016.


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