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Cincinnati hoping for playoff success after unbeaten start

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The Cincinnati Bengals are dreaming large.

They are 8-0 and fairly unchallenged, and they certainly don’t expect a lot of resistance in tonight’s Monday night football game against the 3-5 Houston Texans. Quarterback Andy Dalton has never been better, and the Bengals have scored at least 24 points in seven of eight games.

Houston, on the other hand, has had a terrible running game in its five losses. However, despite their record, the Texans are only one game down in the weak AFC South and need this one to keep pace.

They are last in the league with an average of 3.29  yards per carry.

No team in its the AFC North has ever been 9-0, and Bengals fans are thinking of the post-season. However, that’s been a hump Cincinnati has not been able to get over. Coach Marvin Lewis is 0-6 in the playoffs.

This year, with Dalton and A.J. Greene, the Bengals are hoping for a better fate.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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