September 1, 2014

Another Dubious Record Falls

How many times had you heard it? “The Bengals haven’t gone to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since ’81-’82.” Too many times to count, right?

Well, we can check that one off of the list.

This week, the Bengals gave us the most delicious of early Christmas gifts. They didn’t just beat the Steelers for the first time in the Dalton era. They punched their ticket to the playoffs for a second straight year. And the tore out they hearts of Steeler fans everywhere in the process.

How sweet it is.

In the past two years, the Bengals have been able to slay many of the demons that have plagued them for years:

  1. Beating the Bills for the first time in 23 years
  2. Two wins on the West Coast in two years
  3. Winning over the 12th man in Seattle
  4. Finally beating a bully in the division

One final hurdle remains: a playoff win.

No matter who the #3 seed ends up being… Houston, Denver or New England (and it could still be any of those three)… getting that win this year won’t be easy. But it isn’t impossible, either. The most likely opponent, the Patriots, are tough but not insurmountable. Even the mighty Tom Brady can be rattled when pressure gets to him, so the defensive line will need to win in the trenches. More importantly, the offense will have to scour the equipment room and find the rhythm that seems to have escaped them lately.

Comments

  1. dan cyriacks says:

    Yesterday’s win was huge on so many levels. The one thing that this team kept saying over and over was that they had nothing to do with the teams from the past. I think that attitude will serve them well as they go into the postseason. My biggest concern before yesterday’s game was the coaching and Marvin lewis did nothing to alleviate those concerns yesterday. He went for it on 4th and 22 seriously that happened. There’s being aggressive and then there’s being careless and stupid he’s been coaching long enough to know the difference. I hope he learned something yesterday otherwise they will just repeat last season’s result. One thing is certain we EARNED respect yesterday

  2. johnfromkentucky says:

    Yesterday’s game was fun nominal from a defensive standpoint. The Cincinnati Bengals kept the Steelers from getting first downs let alone scoring. This team plays in perhaps the most difficult division in the AFC. Some argued that it’s the most competitive in the NFL period. That means we are not intimidated anymore from Tom Brady in Foxboro then we are Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. Marvin Lewis needs to use more common coaching sense rather than a gambler’s instinct. Either way the Bengals won and let’s get ready to win our first playoff game in many years.