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The Cincinnati Bengals 2010 and 2012 parallels

In 2009 the Bengals captured the division with a 10-6 record, and secured their second playoff appearance since back when a guy named Emmitt Smith was a rookie for the Cowboys.



It was an unexpected playoff appearance, since they were coming off a 4-11-1 record the previous year.



The 2009 playoff run was cut short in a loss to an inferior NY Jets team.



But there was much optimism going into the 2010 season: Palmer was healthy, they just signed TO, added a real TE via the draft, and had a pair of good corners in J Jo and Hall. Plus there was excitement over Maualuga possibly becoming the MLB.



2010 started well enough, with a 2-1 record.



But then a 3 point loss at CLE, a 3 point loss to TB dropped them to 2-3, followed by a slew of other losses left the Bengals at 2-11 with 10 straight losses.







In 2011 the Bengals captured a playoff spot with a 9-7 record.



It was an unexpected playoff appearance, since they were coming off a 4-12 record the previous year, and they had just lost their QB and top WR in the offseason.



The 2011 playoff run was cut short in a loss to a Houston team helped by a 3rd string QB.



But there was much optimism going into the 2012 season: Dalton & Green had a full offseason in the offense. Benson was replaced. Livings was replaced. Crocker was cut. Hall was coming back from injury.



2012 started well enough, with a 3-1 record.



But then a close 4 point loss to MIA, followed by a loss vs. a bad CLE team, a loss to PIT and then DEN, has left the team at 3-5 with 4 straight losses.







So the question remains....will the 2012 Bengals follow the path of the 2010 Bengals, or will they return to their winning ways from earlier in the season, and threaten for a playoff spot?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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