3 Reasons The Bengals Can Return To The Super Bowl

A Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the sideline during the fourth quarter of the National Football League game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns on December 8, 2019, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH.
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The Cincinnati Bengals are the defending AFC Champions.

They came out of nowhere, got hot at the right time, and won clutch games when they needed to in their journey to the Super Bowl.

Though they did not defeat the Los Angeles Rams, there is every reason to believe they can repeat their success and make a second straight trip to the big game in 2023.

Immediately after the Super Bowl loss, oddsmakers gave them the fourth-best odds to win the 2023 Super Bowl.

The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs had better odds in the AFC, and the defending champion Los Angeles Rams had better odds than the Bengals in the NFC.

Getting to the big game is the first step, and here are three reasons why the Bengals can get back to the Super Bowl next season.

3. They Were Battle-Tested In 2021 

The Bengals are a young team comprised of a lot of early-round draft picks from recent years.

Though football fans thought they would ultimately succeed, no one expected it in 2021.

They are no longer the Cinderella story; these players are battle-tested and ready to compete.

2021 was a building block for the Bengals, and they are now more confident.

2. Evan McPherson Is A Stud Kicker

Kickers win football games.

They can also lose games if they cannot perform in big moments.

Evan McPherson, in his rookie season, was phenomenal.

The Bengals know they can rely on him, and he never seems to flinch.

His rookie year is just the beginning of what could be a huge career for him.

1. Joe Burrow Is A Star

The Bengals have their franchise quarterback.

From the day he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2020, he was declared a star.

And he has lived up to all of the expectations.

Joe Burrow led them to the Super Bowl in his second season.

That was after he missed the end of his rookie season with a torn ACL and MCL.

The addition of his former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase was just what the doctor ordered.

What Could Stop The Bengals?

The Bengals could have two potential issues in their pursuit of Super Bowl glory.

The first is that they will play a more difficult schedule.

They have the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, and Dallas Cowboys on the docket.

And the second is if they do not fix that offensive line, Burrow could have a long year or potentially get injured again.

Even though he played well, he was sacked too much, 70 times in 20 games to be exact.

That includes the regular season and the postseason.

No quarterback can withstand that type of physical wear and tear over consecutive seasons.

The AFC quarterback picture has grown a lot more competitive with Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan jumping conferences so it won’t be easy for the Bengals, but they are equipped to make the run.

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