Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/24/13
With OTAs in the rear view, teams have a little downtime on the NFL calendar. Training camp is rapidly approaching, though, and that is prime time for teams to learn about themselves.The Bengals have a lot to learn. They reside in a division with the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens and the always tough Steelers, but many pundits are touting them as the team to beat in the AFC North.It’s easy to see why, too – with a rising young quarterback, a ferocious pass rush anchored by one of the best defensive tackles in the game, a seemingly impressive crop of rookies and white hot finish last year, there is a lot to like about the Bengals.That said, these questions need answering before they can be taken seriously as a contender.No. 5: Is Hard Knocks a good idea?Cincinnati was selected to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks series for the second time. Back in 2009, the team made for great theater, with colorful characters all over the field, and it helped that they won the division.This t...
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