The Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the NFL's most successful teams over the past five seasons. However, the fans in Cincinnati apparently don't care.
Cincinnati has made the playoffs in three straight seasons and four out of the past five. Not many teams can say that. In fact, the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers are the only other teams that have made the postseason in each of the past three seasons, as it stands. The Baltimore Ravens and the Green Bay Packers could join that list this weekend.
*Update: Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 5:51 p.m. ET
The Bengals are still struggling to sell tickets for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers and are facing the possibility of a blackout, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy:
#Bengals say sales have dipped below 10,000 but they have released a statement saying unless things pick up a blackout could happen— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) December 31, 2013
Statement from #Bengals: “Unless the rate of daily sales increases -- we will not achieve a sellout, and the game will not be televised>"— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) December 31, 2013
However, former Bengals star Chad Johnson, aka Ochocinco, could be stepping up to help out:
During his time in Cincinnati, Johnson would buy the remaining tickets in order to ensure a sellout. It looks like he may doing that once again.
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Despite the team's recent success, ticket sales aren't going so well. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy tweeted that the Bengals still have more than 10,000 tickets available for the team's first playoff game:
According to #Bengals, “well over 10,000 tickets” remain for the first home playoff game— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) December 26, 2013
It's very surprising given the team's success at home. The Bengals are 7-0 in Cincinnati this season, which makes them one of only three teams yet to lose at home this year. They have won 10 of their last 11 games at Paul Brown Stadium, with the lone loss coming by one point. Also, the team has scored at least 41 points in four straight home games.
The Bengals have yet to be locked into a seed. They can get a first-round bye with some help this weekend, or they could wind up being the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. No matter what seed they wind up as, the Bengals are guaranteed to open the playoffs at home by winning the AFC North.
This will be only the team's third playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium. They are 0-4 in the playoffs since 1990, but this year's squad has a good chance of ending the winless drought.
If the jungle is not filled for the playoff game, it would be a bad look for the fanbase.
Bengals fans, go buy some tickets and cheer on the team. This is your best chance at winning a playoff game since the 2005-06 season, and a sellout crowd would make it tougher on the opponent.
Cincinnati has struggled to sell out games in recent seasons, but to a loyal fanbase, playoff games should not be a tough sell.
Hat tip to Yahoo! Sports Shutdown Corner's Frank Schwab for the find.