How would you describe the season thus far?
Would you say the 2018 Cincinnati Bengals are an exciting bunch, securing comeback wins even when the most optimistic fan expected an inevitable loss? Are they playing a tune familiar with pessimistic expectations — losing against good teams, embarrassing themselves nationally, taking it on the chin against Pittsburgh. Have they been lucky or determined? Perhaps a combination of both. Let’s go with that.
This wasn’t a season meant to exceed expectations, yet at times, they have. The Bengals are 5-3 heading into the second half of the season. Andy Dalton is on pace to surpass 30 touchdowns for only the second time in his career; Joe Mixon is building a body of work that could rival some of the more dynamic backs in the NFL. Tyler Boyd has proven himself as a reliable threat.


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