The formula for predicting 3–4–1 Cincinnati’s results over the first half of the year has been simple. The Bengals three wins have come against teams with a combined record of 5–16. Meanwhile, their four losses have come to squads who are a combined 20–7. The Bengals have been so stuck in the middle because a previously stingy defense now sits at 25th total, and the offense has not capitalized consistently enough (it is fifth in yards per game but 23rd in points per game). And Cincinnati will be tested plenty in the second half with matchups against five winning teams. Cincy will have to win at least two of those games against supposed peers if it wants any chance of avenging its poor playoff showings of late. Otherwise, Marvin Lewis is in for another hot January. 

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