About Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals have been established in 1968 and they are members of AFC North conference and they have two fiery rivalries with two other members of the same division; Ravens and Steelers. The games between these teams always draw a lot of attention in usually closely contested AFC North.
The franchise has reached the Super Bowl twice, in 1981 and ‘89 but came empty handed as the 49ers beat them to the trophy.
Bengals have reached playoffs 4 times in the row in last years but unfortunately they have lost their wildcard matchup games and under the current coach they still wait for the elusive playoff win.
Marvin Lewis, as we are talking of him is the second longest employed coach in NFL is yet another defensive mastermind who helped Ravens in 2000 win a Super Bowl in one of most dominant defensive showings by NFL team.
He’s been coaching Bengals since 2003 and he holds a record of over 100 wins as a NFL coach.
The team’s driver is Andy Dalton, a 5 year veteran quarterback who was only one of five other quarterbacks to throw for over 3000 yards in his first three seasons as well as pass at least 20 touchdowns in the same period of time.
He is supported by a star wide receiver, AJ Green a 4 times Pro Bowler, known for highlight catches during his career.
The duo is supported by couple of young running backs, Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Both are home grown rising talents selected in ‘13 and ‘14 NFL Drafts respectively.
On the defence, the most known player is defensive tackle Geno Atkins who holds Bengals’ record in sacks and is considered one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL.
Carlos Dunlap who was chosen in the same draft as Geno (two rounds earlier) is another cornerstone of Cindy’s defensive line. As a rookie he recorded 9.5 sacks, the most in team history by a rookie, and he achieved that despite playing limited time. Both players have signed multi-year contracts with Bengals and should provide solid boost to the team’s defence.
Bengals have also some decent secondary, especially cornerbacks Leon Hall, an experienced player and Dre Kirkpatrick, a young developing one. Both were also selected in draft by Bengals, giving an indication the team is good at selecting playmakers and then also developing them and resigning to longer contracts.
Continuity is a key and with most key players and the head coach firmly placed in the team’s long term plan, there’s plenty of expectations for good football for years to come.