Three reasons why the Bengals can win it all this year
With playoff football on the horizon, it’s Super Bowl or bust for all 12 teams. FOX Sports NFL insider Alex Marvez gives three reasons why each team will win the Super Bowl XLIX.
Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard: The Bengals field the best rushing duo of all 12 playoff teams. After a slow start to his rookie season, Hill plowed for 931 yards and six touchdowns in the final nine regular-season games. The shifty Bernard provides an excellent complement to the power brought by the 6-foot-1, 238 pound Hill. The pair also combined for 70 receptions out of the backfield.
More "Good Andy" than "Bad Andy": Andy Dalton is arguably the NFL’s streakiest quarterback. When he’s bad, Dalton is downright dreadful — like during a Week 10 loss to Cleveland in which he posted the NFL’s fifth-worst passer rating (2.0) since 1960. But when he’s good, Dalton ranks among the game’s best. It isn’t inconceivable that a red-hot Dalton â provided he catches fire after a tough Week 17 — could help the Bengals burn through AFC opposition.
The Bengals are due: Cincinnati has lost its opening playoff game for three straight seasons. Even more discouraging, the Bengals didn’t look anything like a team that was good enough to reach the postseason during those defeats. Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis and his veteran players should have the ability to learn from their mistakes and be better prepared to take advantage of the opportunity at hand. The Bengals also shouldn’t be daunted by having to win three straight road games to reach Super Bowl 49 since they accomplished that feat during the regular season for the first time in franchise history.