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But perhaps not. These Cincinnati Bengals are resilient. Remember, this is the same Cincinnati team that entered the year with its two best defenders healthy.
The losses of defensive tackle Geno Atkins and cornerback Leon Hall have not crippled the Bengals, so perhaps nothing will.
Despite more incessant shuffling along the offensive line against the Baltimore Ravens, Andy Dalton was not sacked, and the team managed 111 total rushing yards.
Despite the absence of Terence Newman, the Cincinnati secondary limited Joe Flacco to 192 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
All of this against the defending champs, who were desperate for a win to make the playoffs. Sure, the Ravens finish the year .500, but another gritty performance shows the Bengals are ready to compete with any team in the postseason—with or without a healthy roster.