Originally posted on Cincinnati Bengals Blog  |  Last updated 1/2/12
• SI.com’s Don Banks: Snap Judgments Got to love that the Bengals, the team that I’m not even sure the city of Cincinnati truly appreciates, made the playoffs in what was supposed to be a take-your-lumps kind of year. A rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton isn’t supposed to take a team to the postseason, especially not when his best target is a rookie receiver (A.J. Green) and his offensive coordinator (Jay Gruden) is in his first year on the job, without the benefit of an offseason to install his program. But no matter. The Bengals (9-7) hung in all season long, made the big Palmer trade and now get the last laugh. They’re in the playoffs, and their disgruntled former quarterback — who some say quit on his team this year — is in Oakland, with the 8-8 and going nowhere (again) Raiders. The Bengals lost at home to Baltimore on Sunday, but played fairly well for most of the game. Cincinnati got the breaks it needed with the Jets losing at Miami and Denver losing at home against Kansas City.
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