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Bengals fans get a small confidence boost heading into matchup with Raiders

Fans voice their opinion on the direction of the Bengals franchise as they host the Raiders.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images

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How confident are you in the direction of the team?

Last week: 2 percent
This week: 9 percent

The Bengals are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, so confidence remains very low in the direction of this franchise. A.J. Green, Andy Dalton, Preston Brown, Tyler Eifert and Carl Lawson are all on injured reserve, which is a big reason why Cincinnati has just one win in its last eight games.

However, fans are slightly more confident this week after watching the Bengals nearly upset the 16-point favorite Chargers in their own building. The defense was vastly improved, while the offense finally figured out it needs to focus heavily on getting Joe Mixon the ball.

All of that nearly led to what would have been arguably the biggest upset win in the Marvin Lewis era. If the Bengals continue to play like this, they could string a few wins together and build some momentum toward a better 2019 season.

It also helps the Bengals are at home this week facing a 3-10 Raiders team that has just one road win against the 3-10 Cardinals. Even though Cincinnati is depleted, this is absolutely a game that Cincinnati should win in what is also the home finale.

How confident are you in the direction of the Bengals?