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Despite tough first half of season, Bengals still primed to make playoffs yet again
The Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs each of the past five seasons. In only one of those seasons did the Bengals have a losing record after eight games. The Bengals are 3-4-1 though eight games in 2016, but they still have a good chance to get to the postseason yet again.
In 2012, the Bengals started 3-5. They went 7-1 in the last 8 games of the season and made the playoffs as a wild card.
Four of the Bengals’ final eight games will come against teams that they beat in the second half of the 2012 season.
Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton is on pace to surpass his 2012 totals in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Bengals’ leading rusher, running back Jeremy Hill, is on pace to have both more rushing yards and more rushing touchdowns than Benjarvus Green-Ellis, the Bengals’ leading rusher in 2012.
Bengals’ leading receiver is on pace to surpass his 2012 total for receiving yards, when he was also the Bengals’ leading receiver.
As a team, the 2016 Bengals have more passing yards per game, rushing yards per game, and total yards per game than the 2012 Bengals had.
The Bengals’ opponents in their final eight games of the season have the second lowest combined winning percentage of any AFC North team’s final eight opponents; only the Pittsburgh Steelers’ final eight opponents have a lower combined winning percentage.
The Bengals are just a game behind AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers, and the combined record of the Steelers remaining opponents is Bengals remaining opponents is.
The Bengals beat the Steelers 24-16 in Week 2. They play again in Week 15. That game could have a big impact in how the AFC North shapes up to be.
After a bye week in Week 9, the Bengals start the second half of their season against the New York Giants.
The 2012 Bengals’ team finished the season strong and made the playoffs; the 2016 Bengals team should be able to do the same.