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PFT preseason power rankings No. 21: Cincinnati Bengals

July 15th, 2017 at 3:54 PM
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The Bengals went 52-27-1 from 2011-15 with five consecutive playoff appearances. Not that anybody noticed. An 0-5 postseason record tends to make people disregard you as a contender.

After sinking to 6-9-1 last season, the Bengals truly are forgotten heading into this season. Cincinnati, though, doesn’t mind the role of underdog. Although they are young, the Bengals believe they have enough talent to rebound rather than rebuild.

The Bengals hope for better luck in the health department this year. Receiver A.J. Green missed six games last season, and tight end Tyler Eifert was out for six. They started only four games together. Andy Dalton missed his favorite targets, especially in the red zone, as he threw a career-low 18 touchdowns.

The Bengals lost five games by five points or less and arguably have as much talent as any other team in the division, so they might be closer to returning to the playoffs than most think.

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Tags: A.J. Green, Andre Smith, Andrew Whitworth, Andy Dalton, Brandon Wilson, Cedric Ogbuehi, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Features, Geno Atkins, Home, Jake Elliott, Jake Fisher, Joe Mixon, John Ross, Jordan Evans, Jordan Willis, Kevin Zeitler, Los Angeles Rams, Rumor Mill, Tyler Eifert

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