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Bengals Playoff Drought Is Ancient History

Posted by Dan Hoard on December 29, 2013 – 11:53 pm

As I type these words, it’s been 22 years, 11 months, and 23 days since the Bengals last playoff win.

(That’s 8,393 days but who’s counting?)

Shoot, Giovani Bernard hadn’t even been born yet.

Bengals high five fans (440x291)

But you know what?  That’s ancient history.  These Bengals are one of only six NFL teams to go to the playoffs in four of the last five years and while the current players have little to do with a two-decade dry spell, they are determined to end their own two-year streak.

“Going to the playoffs two straight years and getting beat by Houston was not very fun,” said Domata Peko.  “That’s been sitting on our back for a while, so this year we’ve really been focusing on finishing and trying to get over that first round hump.  I think this team can do it.”

“We need it,” said Rey Maualuga.  “We need it for multiple reasons.  It means respect for ourselves, our fans, and our families from the doubters.  It’s about that time.”

Their confidence is sky-high after ending the regular season with a 34-17 win over Baltimore.  The final score was appropriate because that was the average score at Paul Brown Stadium this year where the Bengals went 8-0.

“I know the history and all that, but we’re here now,” said Michael Johnson.  “We want everybody on the same mentality, the same vibe, and the same focus to get where we’re going.  We’ve got a great team.  Everybody in here believes and we need everybody in the city to believe.  Let’s take this thing all the way.  I mean it.  I believe that in the bottom of my heart and I’m just thankful and happy to be a part of it.”

“Going undefeated at home is one of the goals we set every year and we got it done,” said Peko.  “A big shout out to the 12th man out there – The Jungle.  The whole stadium was rocking and they make it easy for us.

“This is my eighth season and it was by far the loudest that I’ve heard The Jungle.  Even players on the other teams after the games have been saying, ‘Damn – your stadium is pretty loud now.’  And I’m like, ‘Yep.  We’ve been rockin’ over here.’”

Last month, Johnson criticized Bengals fans for booing early in the Cleveland game.  But he was effusive in his praise for the home crowd following Sunday’s win over Baltimore.

“I was very pleased with the attendance and the way they responded to everything,” Johnson told me.  “When it wasn’t going good, nobody got unsettled, nobody booed – they just cheered.  We were able to regroup and they did an amazing job for us – especially on defense on third down and fourth down to help us get big stops.  We were very appreciative and we’re going to need them out in big numbers for the playoffs, because we’ve got big goals and they’re a part of it.”

Green catches TD (440x325)

After ending the regular season by officially eliminating the defending Super Bowl champs, the Bengals are one of 12 teams that still has a chance to succeed them.

“We didn’t want to give the Ravens a chance to sneak into the playoffs,” said Peko.  “We wanted to really go out there and put them to bed.  They won the championship last year – their time is up.  It’s someone else’s turn.  I think it’s our turn.”

“We still have so much more to do and it’s exciting because we haven’t even hit the tip of the iceberg yet,” said Johnson.

It’s time to stop counting the days since their last playoff win and start looking forward to their next one.

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2 Responses to “Bengals Playoff Drought Is Ancient History”

  1. By bengalpirate on Dec 30, 2013 | Reply

    A great win for the Bengals over the archrival Ravens!!! No one wants the playoff win drought,except perhaps Coach Lewis,to end as much as me, as I feel that playoff win will give the team more confidence and swagger to take it to the next level. However, I do feel strongly that if we have another 2-4 interception game in the playoffs, we will not get lucky again like we did yesterday. Thank goodness for the stout defense that overcame the picks and all of the picks were not because of the play calling. But come on man, when we have a first and goal at the one yard line and BJGE is pounding the ball already, why throw a risky pass to the corner of the endzone, even if it is AJ out there? I can’t hope to offer Coach Gruden advice, as he is much more learned of the game than I, but I have issues with the play calling, especially since the Pittsburg game through yesterday. Sometimes you need to just run the ball, no matter what “look” the defense is showing. The run sets up the pass, which also makes the play action works so well, as the long TD pass to AJ showed so well yesterday. Don’t get too cute, pound the ball on the ground, solid defense and I’m confident the playoff win drought will end. Maybe I’m just a voice in the wilderness and I’m not so confident this post will make it online, but as always, I remain a loyal, “12th man” fan. WHO DEY!!! Pound the Chargers!!!

  2. By tralfaz1127 on Dec 30, 2013 | Reply

    Very confident that this is the year we not only win a playoff game, but win a Super Bowl, probably round 3 against the 49’ers. Better D than NE & Den. and enough weapons to out score them both. This is the year…..FINALLY…..WHODEY

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