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Bengals fans are losing confidence but still expect to make the playoffs and beat the Bucs

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Fans voice their opinion on Bengals vs. Bucs, as well as the confidence in Cincinnati making the playoffs.

Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bengals fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

How confident are you in the direction of the team?

Last week: 64 percent
This week: 21 percent

It’s been a rough couple of weeks in the Queen City. Between the last-second loss to the Steelers and the debacle at Kansas City, fans have quickly lost faith in this team heading into the second half of the season.

But as usual, winning can cure all ails, and beating the Buccaneers on Sunday would go a long way in restoring faith within the fanbase.

How confident are you that Cincinnati makes the playoffs?

This week: 64 percent

As little confidence as fans have in the direction of the Bengals, there’s still an expectation among many of them that Cincinnati will make it back to the playoffs. But it’s safe to say that just making the playoffs at this point doesn’t mean the franchise is moving in a good direction.

After all, the Bengals have made the playoffs seven times under Marvin Lewis, yet still don’t have a playoff win. Another one-and-done trip this year won’t move the needle among Bengals fans.

To feel good about the direction of this team, the Bengals need to have a breakthrough and actually win a postseason game.

Will the Bengals win or lose in Week 8?

Odds: Bengals are 4.5-point favorites

Bucs Nation FanPulse: Bengals by 1

Cincy Jungle FanPulse: Bengals by 6

How do you see Sunday’s matchup between the Bengals and Bucs playing out? Let us know us know in the comments section.