Bengals Playoff Bound?

Fletcher KellyContributor IJuly 4, 2009

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter of their NFL game September 14, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

 For all of you people that think a team can't rebound in one year, just watch the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. Now that Rivers is back, you can imagine their D to be pretty legit. Adding Rey Mauluaga* to the mix doesn't hurt either.

Losing Carson Palmer last season was the key factor in the Bengal's poor season. Adding Andre Smith helps out the line, but I still don't know if that is enough to keep Palmer off of his back.

You can't contend in a game without a running game. I'm not a strong believer in Cedric Benson. A few free agent RBs wouldn't hurt much. Even if they didn't get as much playing time, it could push Benson to play at a higher level.

Assuming the line does their job, and the run game clicks, there is no reason for the Bengals to miss the post season.