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Saturday is the big day, and if you are like me, you’re almost literally counting the hours until game time. This is the fourth playoff appearance for the Bengals of the Marvin Lewis regime, so luckily for us it’s become almost commonplace to be in the playoffs and the awful stench of the lost decade seems firmly in the rearview.
That said, the Bengals are 0-for-3 so far in the post-season dance under Coach Lew, and frankly all 3 losses have been of the particularly ugly and heart-wrenching variety. Something I have no desire to relive.
So as the hour draws closer, it’s a good idea to look for the positives and identify those good omens floating in the tea leaves. We can use all the karma we can get, and since I wrote a “Reasons for Optimism” article before the Bengals took down the Steelers in Pittsburgh, let’s do it again and keep the good vibes going.
Here are the reasons to know—not think, not believe—to know, the Bengals will win Saturday:
The Bengals have momentum: I know...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
CINCINNATI (AP) -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn't suit up for the Cincinnati Bengals' practice on Tuesday. He wore black sweatpants and a gray hooded sweatshirt, running by himself at one end of the University of Cincinnati's covered football field while everyone else ran plays.
It's another challenge for an offense that's hit the wall.
Green-Ellis had a sore hamstring...
Michael Johnson towers over blockers at 6-foot-7. At 6-foot-1, Geno Atkins often gets dwarfed on the line. Domata Peko is gregarious. Carlos Dunlap tends to cut off interviews after a few questions.
The Bengals' defensive line is an eclectic mix of players from far different backgrounds with very different personalities and body types. Together, they formed one of the NFL'...
Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis
returned to the practice field on Wednesday after missing Sunday’s matchup
against the Baltimore Ravens due to a hamstring injury, reports Josh Alper of
Pro Football Talk.
Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn’t play
in Week 17 after tweaking his hamstring in warmups for Cincinnati’s game
against the Ravens...
The Cincinnati Bengals finished 2012 strong. After starting off with a 3-5 record, the Bengals went on a 7-1 run to end the season. With an improved defense and a tough-at-times offense, this year's squad certainly gives fans hope of a bright future. Although the team made the playoffs as a wild card, fans would still like to see their team raise the bar a bit. The time...
A year ago this weekend, in the same line on the AFC bracket and in the same made-for-television time slot, the Cincinnati Bengals went to Houston and were promptly eliminated from the playoffs.
Take Two can be different.
That's not to say it will be, or that the still young and still very much unproven Bengals are ready to win a road playoff game against a talented Texans team...
(Updates. With AP Photos.) By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn't suit up for the Cincinnati Bengals' practice on Tuesday. He wore black sweatpants and a gray hooded sweatshirt, running by himself at one end of the University of Cincinnati's covered football field while everyone else ran plays.
It's another challenge for an offense that's hit...
Saturday Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (hamstring): Green-Ellis practiced in a limited fashion both Wednesday and Thursday, the Bengals' official website reports. He did not play in Cincinnati's season finale because the Bengals had already locked up the AFC's sixth seed, but we expect that Green-Ellis will be present this weekend...
The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans will play against each other in the opening round of the AFC playoffs. NBC will carry this game which has kickoff scheduled for 4:30 pm EST from Reliant Field in Houston, TX.
After starting the season 11-1 the Texans have lost three of four and thus stumbling into the playoffs. The Bengals seem to be peaking at the right time having lost...
Bengals at Texans-4.5
For the second year in a row, the NFL playoffs kickoff with the Cincinnati Bengals traveling to Houston to face a Texans team favored slightly in the point spread. This year’s wildcard match-up has a completely different feel from a year ago. The Houston Texans were excited just to make the postseason this time last year, but after a complete meltdown in December...
The NFL Wild Card Weekend kicks off with the Houston Texans (12-4) hosting the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6). For the second year in a row, the Texans and Bengals will meet as the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds. The Texans came out on top 31-10 last year at Reliant Stadium. The Bengals enter this weekend having won seven of their last eight, while the Texans struggled in the final weeks of the...
The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans will face off in the postseason for the second straight season when they get together on Saturday at 4:30...