The Cincinnati Bengals rarely are the trendy pick to do anything other than not be very good. However, heading in to the 2013 season, the Bengals are better than very good. The Bengals are becoming one of the elite teams in the NFL.
Even at No. 6, there’s a long way to go to get to the top of the mountain. For starters, the Bengals need to end a postseason losing streak that dates back to the game in which they ended Bo Jackson’s football career by destroying his hip on a routine tackle. And they need to get past the other elite teams in the AFC, like the Ravens, Broncos, and Patriots.
Regardless of whether it happens, the Bengals have become something they haven’t been for more than a generation: Relevant. And to the teams they’ll play this year: Dangerous.