Cincinnati Bengals: Why Last Year's Surprise Season Will Become Consistent

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Cincinnati Bengals: Why Last Year's Surprise Season Will Become Consistent
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A year after sneaking up on the AFC North and the rest of the NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals will try to have consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 30 years.

Entering 2005, the team had not made the playoffs in 15 years. Since then, they have made the postseason three times. With two division titles and a Wild Card berth in that span, they are still looking for their first playoff win in 22 years.

In 2006, they followed up the previous year's winning record with a record of 8-8. Carson Palmer was coming off an ugly knee injury against the Steelers in the playoffs, but he managed to lead his team to a .500 season. 

Fresh off winning the 2009 division title, Cincinnati signed Terrell Owens to pair up with Chad Ochocinco, two of the best wide receivers of their generation. In what I would call the most disappointing season in franchise history, the Bengals started 2-1 but lost 11 of their next 14 games.   

Although the Bengals are known for being dysfunctional as an organization, they actually have been a good team in recent years.

Even though history is against them, Cincinnati will continue to contend in the AFC North.

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