Would the Bengals Do Better in the NFC North?

Kyle Strittholt@Man0fSteel94Correspondent IJune 18, 2009

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 17:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at Paul Brown Stadium on August 17, 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Bengals have been a team that has been very talented but have failed to bring that great talent on the field on a consistent basis, whether it's players not coming to play or players getting injured.

When you look at last season’s record, you see a team that struggled all season to win games, even against weak competition that they should have blown out of the water.

There is an interesting statistic from last season: Against NFC East teams, the Bengals were 1-2-1. This doesn’t look like much because they only have one win, but these are games you had to have watched.

Against NFC teams last season, the Bengals went neck and neck with Dallas, Philadelphia, and the New York Giants. They played hard in these games and came close enough to scare each team in one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL.

The Bengals have been struggling the past three seasons, but the one positive that remains is their success against NFC teams. They haven’t won them all, but a few losses have come down to the wire.

The division they dominated the most was the NFC North. In 2005, the Bengals were undefeated by NFC teams and caused an average of five interceptions in each game they played against the Lions, Bears, Vikings, and Packers, who were then quarterbacked by Brett Favre.

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The Bengals, on the other hand, haven’t won their division since that fantastic season and have been embarrassing because of their lack of strength ever since.

Would it be better for competition if the Bengals were moved to the NFC North and a team like the Bears, who have been pretty good the last couple of seasons, into the AFC North division?

The Bears have a good defense and like to run the ball, which complements the AFC North’s toughness and could be more exciting for fans to see.

On the other hand, it would give the Bengals a chance for once to be in competition for the playoffs. Not only do I think they would be in competition, but I think they could dominate this division.

Instead of them only winning two games in their division, they would be able to win up to four or five games.

Bengals have been working on their defense, but when you think of the Bengals, you know Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, and Chris Henry, who are all offensive players.

When you think of the Packers, it's Aaron Rodgers, for the Vikings it's Adrian Peterson, and well, when it comes to Detroit, you just think of losing.

The Bears player that first comes to mind is Brian Urlacher. The Ravens' Ray Lewis is brought up next. It would be the more appropriate switch, and it could help more viewers come to the games.

As a Bengals fan, I look at the team the Bengals have, and I have no idea how they don’t win at least nine games each season, but I look at some teams in the NFC getting into the playoffs with the same record as the Bengals.

You look at a division like the AFC East, and there were three teams that should have made the playoffs.

I think the NFL should try to switch up the competition, not only with the Bengals, but also within the entire league.

This will probably not happen, but it should be considered. There are teams other than the Bengals whose fans have had enough of watching their team be consistently one of the worst in the league.

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