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Bengals give fans confidence heading into offseason with promising finale

Hope for better days.

NFL: DEC 29 Browns at Bengals Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Bengals’ 2019 finale came against the Browns inside Paul Brown Stadium, and it ended with Cincinnati victorious over their in-state rivals.

Thanks to the win, along with the Bengals’ improved play over the final month of the season, has fans a lot more confident in the direction of the franchise than they were for much of 2019.

The Bengals FanPulse confidence level sits at 42% as the offseason arrives. While nothing to brag about, it’s still a major step up from being below 10% for stretches of the regular season.

But during the second half of the regular season, the defense made big improvements that were highlighted by Carl Lawson and Carlos Dunlap becoming one of the league’s better pass-rushing duos, while the offense came alive thanks to Joe Mixon becoming a force in the backfield.

Now, the Bengals have some momentum going into 2020, as well as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. That should give fans hope for brighter days, but given the history of this franchise and ownership, it’s going to take a lot more to make Bengals fans believe in this franchise again.

Hopefully, that happens in 2020.