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Are The Bengals Really Capable Of Winning The AFC North???

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quan Cosby #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Bengals won 23-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Max RosenfeldCorrespondent INovember 8, 2009

This years surprise team could be the Cincinatti Bengals.  It appears that the Bengals might actually win the AFC North division.  Are the Bengals capable?  They have shown strength in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, special teams.  But the two teams that appeared in the AFC championship last year are in their division.  Can they do it?


One about the Bengals that makes me watch their games, they score points.  They displayed that against the Chicago Bears.  Running Back Cedric Benson has been phenomanal this year, showing people he deserved his draft position.  Carson Palmer has shown he is back, while Andre Caldwell is stepping big when needed.  The offense is solid.  But tough defenses in their division may hold them back. 


Bengals defense has played well.  You gotta like how Rey Mauluga has stepped in and played well.  The d-line is what I like most with this group.  The d can shut you down.  But is it good enough?


Special teams has played well.  Quan Cosby out of Texas has something to do as he returns kicks very well.  Fear the special teams.


The Bengals are for real.  But can they win the division? Yes.  They have beaten every team in the division and are rea

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