Bengals still in search of playoff victory

By Steve Stout -

Another NFL season is set to begin, which likely means another NFL season of frustration for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Last year, the Bengals went 12-4 in the regular season, arguably had the most talent of any team in the league and still couldn’t win a playoff game.

Actually, Cincy had a playoff game won until it self-destructed in the final moments against the Steelers.

That loss should have cost head coach Marvin Lewis his job, but not in Cincinnati.

Overall, Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs.

The Bengals still have a lot of talent back this season, although they did lose some key players to free agency and injuries have been a problem in the preseason. Also, the schedule is a killer, especially in the first half of the season.

So, a Cincinnati team with a bit less depth will take the field this season, and it could again reach the playoffs.

Will the Bengals finally win a playoff game? I’d say it’s a safe bet that they will not.

In Cleveland, the Browns have shaken up their roster under first-year head coach Hue Jackson.

I doubt that RG3 is the long-term answer at quarterback, but I think Jackson can return the franchise to respectability if he’s given the time.

Here are my fearless predictions for the 2016 NFL season:

AFC East: New England, New York Jets, Buffalo, Miami

AFC North: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Cleveland

AFC South: Indianapolis, Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee

AFC West: Kansas City, Oakland, Denver, San Diego

NFC East: New York Giants, Washington, Dallas, Philadelphia

NFC North: Green Bay, Detroit, Minnesota, Chicago

NFC South: Carolina, Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay

NFC West: Arizona, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco


Trivia Time – Sam Snead never won a U.S. Open title, although he did finish second four times.

This week’s question – When was the last year the Cleveland Browns had a winning record?

By Steve Stout

Reach Steve Stout at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout

Reach Steve Stout at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout