Last season the Bengals lived and died by the run, and they lucked out enough to make it to the playoffs with a fourth ranked offense.
The only time Carson Palmer and his receiving core were effective were right before halftime, and in game winning drives.
That inconsistency is what cost them a chance to win a playoff game facing a team that had the same philosophy, but executed it with perfection in the playoffs.
The New York Jets crushed the Bengals in their first matchup, and they knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs the very next week.
This season the Jets have added some key additions to their team, and so have the Baltimore Ravens. You have to take that into account in addition to what the Indianapolis Colts, who went to the Super Bowl, the Patriots, and Chargers are looking forward to.
The Bengals had to advance their team to stay in the discussion.
The question is: Have they added enough players to be a playoff contender once again?...
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