Bengals fans are rightfully excited about their team's return to the spotlight on Monday Night Football. It's been almost two years since the orange and black were featured on the big stage.
Monday's opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, are expected to contend for the AFC North title and at least get back into the 2012-13 NFL postseason.
That's where the problem lies.
The Cincinnati Bengals have lost their last 15 games against teams that would go on to make the playoffs. Open the history books a little further, and have lost 20 of their last 21 games against postseason-bound opponents.
A little bright spot - that one win in the last 21 games was against Baltimore.
The streak began in 2009. The Bengals were 9-3 and facing Minnesota. The Vikings crushed the Bengals 30-10, and would go on to win the NFC North. The following week, San Diego beat Cincinnati 27-24 en route to an AFC West title.
2009 ended with back-to-back losses to the New York Jets, 37-0 in the regular season and 24-14 in t...