Bengals: Early Exit Would Be Viewed as Failure

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Bengals: Early Exit Would Be Viewed as Failure
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CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals remain encased in cynicism thick enough to withstand a dynamite blast. Their stripes signify woe and elicit snickers from anyone not paying close attention to the team’s steady improvement, marked by three playoff appearances in the past four years. Even local acknowledgement of Cincinnati’s success is accompanied by a sense of pending doom, as if a trapdoor forever remains underfoot.

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