Cincinnati Bengals Trending in Right Direction Before Playoffs

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Cincinnati Bengals Trending in Right Direction Before Playoffs
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Marvin Lewis has led the Bengals to the playoffs in back to back years for the first time since 1981-'82.

The 2012 season has been laden with streaks for the Cincinnati Bengals. They started off the season with a devastating loss to the Ravens before winning three straight. They then lost the next four before winning four in a row and six out of seven. 

There have been a handful of individual streaks as well. A.J. Green went nine straight games with a touchdown catch, a streak that began Week 2 against Cleveland and ended Week 12 against Oakland

BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a three game streak where he rushed for over 100 yards, a streak that began Week 11 against the Chiefs and ended Week 13 versus the Chargers

The last seven games, the Bengals have completely transformed in all facets of the game: offense, defense and special teams. This transformation has been advantageous as they have reeled of six wins in their last seven games. 

Why the sudden change? A few different things can be credited for the change but, all in all, that's not nearly as important as where this momentum can take them in the playoffs. In order for the Bengals to succeed they will need to make sure that they continue to feed the three beasts.

First, A.J. Green. That's it. Second, the run game needs to continue to produce when needed. And third, the Bengals defense must continue to hit opposing quarterbacks and force punts. 

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