After a tough go of things through the middle of the Bengals’ season, the Who Dey faithful is feeling pretty solid after the team has won their past two games. At 5-7-1, Cincinnati is technically in the playoff race, but they need to win out and get a lot of help if they are to make their sixth straight postseason contest.
Even though spirits are higher after a two-game win streak, many are wondering if the “win out” strategy is better than the one of tanking to get a better draft pick. In fact, one of the topics Scott Schultze and I talked about this week revolved around whether or not the wins against the Browns and Eagles provide hope for an improbable playoff berth, or if Bengals fans are once again grasping at a pipe dream.
Regardless, the Bengals seem to be in good position to take care of business in Week 15 as they host the Steelers, mostly because of the win streak and overall roster health. Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green looks as if he might suit up on Sunday, while Cincinnati will also have tight end Tyler Eifert and linebacker Vontaze Burfict, after both were sidelined in the first clash with Pittsburgh in Week 2.
Aside from recapping Cincinnati’s 23-10 win over the Browns and previewing the massive game against Pittsburgh this Sunday, Scott and I also looked at the team’s late-season decision to cut Mike Nugent and sign Randy Bullock. While it seems like a decent move for the short-term, one has to wonder about the timing of the transaction and how it will play out for the rest of 2016.
We also had an interesting question asked to us about the NFL Draft and Cincinnati’s usual stance of letting the best player available fall to them.
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