The 2012 NFL Season kicked off with the Cincinnati Bengals being a team to watch out for as they finished off a 2011 season with a wild-card berth out of the AFC North. The team moved in the right direction after drafting A.J. Green and Andy Dalton last season with both players teaming up while making this team a playoff contender.
First up for them in 2012 was a game with division rival Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. The Bengals came out flat and got smashed 44-13. Dalton turned the ball over twice including a interception that was returned for a touchdown by future hall of fame safety Ed Reed. The one positive was BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown.
The Bengals rebounded with a 3 game winning streak beating the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the three game winning streak Andy Dalton threw for 890 yards and 8 touchdowns with only 3 interceptons. A.J. Green added 22 catches for 358 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bengals need these two playmakers to play at a high level if the team wants to continue to win.
In a week 5 loss to the Miami Dolphins the Bengals offense was held to 13 points the same amount they were held to in the week 1 loss to the Ravens. The Dolphins forced 3 turnovers including 2 interceptions thrown by Andy Dalton. The bright spot was Green had his fourth straight game with a touchdown reception.
Marvin Lewis and the Bengals get the Browns in week 6 before squaring off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle of two teams fighting for the AFC North. The Bengals will get a much needed week off after that game before facing off against the Manning brothers in back to back weeks. They will get Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in week 9 and then Eli Manning and the New York Giants in week 10 both games are at home. The Bengals also will end the season taking on the Steelers in week 16 and Ravens in week 17 both games are big for the division.