AFC North Preview – Cincinnati Bengals

by on July 22, 2012 updated July 26, 2015


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In the 2011 season, the Cincinnati Bengals posted a record of 9-7 and made the playoffs but unfortunately lost to the Houston Texans.  The Cincinnati Bengals showed signs of great improvement with the addition of their first round draft pick wide receiver A.J. Green and second round quarterback Andy Dalton.  These two single handedly carried this team to this team to the playoffs and will look to continue to do so for years to come.

Former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton had an excellent season for a rookie quarterback.  He threw 20 touchdowns and also threw 3,398 yards.  In the playoffs, he had 257 yards but no touchdowns and 3 interceptions against the Texans.  Though the Bengals season ended suddenly, this isn’t a bad sign, Bengals fans.  Dalton was one of only two starting rookie quarterbacks to make the playoffs; the other one was the quarterback on the team he lost to, who is T.J. Yates.  In the next 2 or 3 years, Dalton will be one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL.  He just needs to improve on his decision making and focus on accuracy as well.

His fellow rookie wide receiver A.J. Green also proved to be a force to reckon with.  Last year, A.J. Green was simply amazing.  He had 65 receptions for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns and averaged about 16 yards every catch.  Just like Dalton, Green will viewed as a paragon for wide receivers.  He is on his way to a bright future.  If the Bengals start focusing on improving their defense, then the Bengals could have a good chance at actually winning the AFC North.

Bengals fans, this team will be a very successful team in the near future.  Don’t miss out on anything; get your Bengals’ tickets now at

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