Could this be the year the Cincinnati Bengals finally get over the hump and win an AFC Playoff game? After starting 8-0 and finishing with a 12-4 record and first place finish in the AFC North in 2015, the Bengals still failed to win a playoff game under head coach Marvin Lewis after clinching the playoffs for a franchise record fifth consecutive season. It’s been 25 years now without a playoff win for Cincinnati, and a lot of pressure and criticism has come on Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton, who enters his sixth season as the Bengals’ starter. Dalton’s regular season success has made his signed memorabilia one of the more coveted autographs, especially on Bengals mini helmets and footballs. Dalton’s top target, A.J. Green, is another popular autograph on the market. Green is a perennial Pro Bowler and among the most reliable wide receivers in the NFL. Cincinnati needs to find a balance at running back between Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, who have each carried the load for the Bengals at times. What keeps the Bengals a perennial contender is their defense, led by Pro Bowlers Geno Atkins, Reggie Nelson, Carlos Dunlap, and Adam “Pacman” Jones. 12-4 might be a tough record to match or exceed for the 2016 Cincinnati Bengals, especially with their rival Pittsburgh Steelers looking like an improved team and the Baltimore Ravens hoping to rebound from an uncharacteristic 5-11 season. Except the Bengals to reach the playoffs and then we’ll go from there.