Three reasons Bengals are in a good place despite 2-4 start

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have not had a 2-4 start since 2010. That season was the worst they have had in recent memory ending that season 4-12 and in last place in the AFC North Division. Though they team is on pace to win about six games this season the Bengals are going to fare a lot better in the remaining 10 weeks. Here are three reasons that you should be happy about the Bengals chances of making a trip to the playoffs.

1.The schedule is about to get a lot easier. The team has had one of the hardest schedule so far in the NFL.  Their four losses are to the Steelers, Broncos, Cowboys and Patriots.  These teams have combined for a record of 18-6 and all are at the top of their divisions. It would of been nice for the Bengals to get a home victory against the Broncos or to steal one in Pittsburgh but in these first six games a 2-4 record is not the big of a disappointment.

2.The AFC North is not that strong.  The Steeler are the division leaders at 4-2 but the team has looked downright awful in their two losses to the Dolphins and the Eagles. The Steelers are also going to be without their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for four to six weeks, after he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The Ravens are 3-3 and would appear that they are a .500 team.  The Browns are 0-6 and possibly the worst team in the league.  The Bengals will be playing the Browns twice in the remaining season.


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3.First year offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is getting better. The offense continues to struggle scoring but it is getting better at moving the ball. The play calling is improving and playing to the strengths of the team.  Utilizing Jeremy Hill as a between the tackles runner and getting Giovani Bernard the ball in space.  Zampese is also getting Dalton to spread the ball around in the passing game.  A.J. Green is of course the primary target but Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell and C.J. Uzomah have been making good contributions.

 

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