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Cincinnati Bengals aiming to break woeful streaks

With two playoff appearances in the past three years, the Cincinnati Bengals have started erasing their miserable recent track record as an organization. They have a promising young quarterback in Andy Dalton and a franchise-changing receiver in A.J. Green.

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But let's not forget this team still has a long way to go. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer runs down some eye-opening streaks the Bengals are still suffering through:

  1. The Bengals are trying to make the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time in 30 years.
  1. Of the 28 teams that were in the league in 1983, all of them have made back-to-back postseason appearances since then -- except the Bengals.
  1. Cincinnati still hasn't won a playoff game since the 1990 season. The Bengals have the longest playoff-win drought in the entire NFL.

Do we think they can do it? Not particularly. Cincinnati took care of bad teams last year, but struggled against anyone with a winning record. While we think the Bengalswill be much better in the upcoming decade, don't be surprised if they take a small step back this season. We'd be surprised if they finish ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens.

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