At this time last year, Cincinnati Bengals fans were ready to riot. Fed up after a 4-12 season and upset at an apparent lack of direction by the front office, fans stayed away from Paul Brown Stadium by the droves, and most of the team’s home games were blacked out locally.
What a difference 12 months make. Fresh off a playoff appearance and one of the youngest, most exciting teams in the league, there's plenty to look forward to this year.
What follows is five reasons why Cincinnati Bengals fans should be excited about the 2012 season.