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2013 Cincinnati Bengals Team Preview: Dalton, Green and Co. Set Sights on Third Straight Playoff Appearance

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

State of the Franchise

Though they took a different path to get there, the 2012 Bengals finished exactly as the 2011 version did; with a road playoff loss at Houston, wondering what might have been but for a few plays along the way. By many standards, it was a good season, given where they were following a dismal 4-12 campaign back in 2010. A dispassionate response would be that two consecutive playoff years is an unqualified success. But outside of a few select franchises in the NFL, the window of opportunity to compete and advance in the playoffs is pretty small. That window is even smaller when you share a division with the Ravens and the Steelers. So to see the Ravens win it all, while the Bengals fell short in the same place had to be a pretty bitter pill to swallow.

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