It was thought to be the season that would break the streak, but after it was all set and done, the playoff losing streak extended to seven games, the third longest in NFL history.
The Cincinnati Bengals earned a Wild Card spot and had to go to Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Indiana without their star wide receiver A.J. Green due to concussion symptoms. The same song and dance for the Bengals under Marvin Lewis, but the team continues to move under his guidance.
Lewis was the 2009 coach of the year and was the first Bengals coach to win the award since team founder Paul Brown in 1970. He is the longest tenured coach in Bengals history and holds the franchise record for most wins. The Bengals have made the playoffs in four straight seasons since 2011, which is also a first in franchise history.
But, the team can’t get passed the first round, so the question begs to be asked, how many chances does Lewis get?
He’ll get another in 2015 with Andy Dalton, who has reached the postseason all four years he’s been a starter. The offense behind Dalton will remain virtually the same, hoping another year of chemistry will push the team to new heights.
Defensively, the team resigned Rey Maualuga, who’s been a key cog for them in recent years. Michael Johnson was brought in from the Buccaneers (second stint with the team) to impact their pass rush, and the Bengals signed linebacker A.J. Hawk and Brandon Ghee, a cornerback who recently played on the Titans.
One would imagine Cincinnati Bengals tickets would remain consistent with last year’s prices considering they have a very similar roster with similar expectations. Bengals can take in a game at home or on the road with Hipmunk.com. Hotels near Paul Brown Stadium start at $92 and if you’re looking to catch a game nearest your hometown, you can book flights to and from Columbus through Hipmunk to have you just an hour away from the stadium.
Bengals fans can’t wait to get to the postseason again. This time, they’re hoping things pan out differently. Dalton has been heavily criticized for not being able to get through the first round, maybe another year with Green can make them good enough to make a deeper run.