Found December 31, 2012 on
Last year the Bengals were happy to make the playoffs. This year they want to make a splash in the post season. On the surface it looks the same. The Bengals face the Houston Texans in Houston in the first playoff game on wildcard weekend. That is where the similarities end.
Last season the Bengals limped into the playoffs. They had a fast start to the season but then failed to beat division foes Pittsburgh and Baltimore and needed some help to make the post season. They got the needed help and got outplayed badly in Texas.
The knock last year was that they didn’t beat anyone with a winning record and could not play in big games.
This season the Bengals had some dissappointing losses. They dropped a game to the dolphins and the browns and gave one away to the cowboys.
The Bengals also did some amazing things this season.
They won 7 of their last 8 games.
In those 8 they gave up an average of 12 points a game.
They did not allow an opening drive TD all season.
They beat 2 playoff teams and the defending super bowl champs.
They beat the Ravens and Steelers to end the season.
They lead the league in sacks, getting to the quarterback about 50 times this season.
Then you look at a Houston team who last year beat the Bengals in the playoffs
Houston has scored one offensive touchdown is its last 11 quarters.
They have lost their last 3 games giving away the number 1 overall seed.
The Bengals have a better than average shot of winning this game. With a year under their belt I am excited to see what the stripes do this year in Houston.
BEST OF MAXIM
This season is easily divided into two chapters, split at the bye week. The first was awful and better left forgotten, marred by ineffectiveness and missed opportunities. Fortunately, the second chapter has featured what would seem to be a completely different. And that is the team that will be making the trip to Houston in a few days.
I’ve learned several things about this team...
Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens rested starters in this matchup that meant little to both teams.
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Well, so much for having to deal with playing at New England in the first round of the NFL playoffs.And no one is saying playing at Houston is easy -- the Bengals know that as well as anyone after getting waxed by the Texans in the opening round of the 2011 postseason. However, the Patriots are a better team in my opinion and I think it's a good thing for the Bengals that they...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, sending the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in a game that didn't much matter to either playoff-bound team.
The Ravens (10-6) had already clinched their second straight AFC North title, putting them in line to host a game next weekend...
The Ravens are trailing the Bengals midway through the third quarter. Cincinnati has had excellent field position aided by good punting by Kevin Huber.
Baltimore’s offense has sputtered with Tyrod Taylor running the show, but it means very little.
Josh Brown has kicked the Bengals into a 10-7 lead.
It’s a tied game in Cincinnati. On their latest offensive possession, Baltimore was pushed back to their own end zone. Cincinnati took advantage.
Punter Sam Koch was only able to punt the ball out to the Ravens’ 40-yard line. Andy Dalton hit Marvin Jones for his first-career touchdown reception.
The Bengals and Ravens are tied 7-7 as this game goes to halftime.
Joe Flacco went to the bench after only two series. Andy Dalton left at halftime. With little at stake, the Ravens and Bengals gave their regular-season finale more of a preseason feel.
Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, sending the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in a game that didn't...
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals knew heading into Sunday's game against Baltimore that no matter what they did, it wouldn't change the fact they would go to the postseason as the AFC's sixth seed. After beating the Ravens 23-17 at Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals will carry the momentum of seven wins in their last eight games into their first-round playoff matchup...