Bengals preview: Make-or-break stretch

You're going to learn a lot about the Bengals in Weeks 11-13 when they go through a grueling run of mid-November road games. The back end of that three-game stretch doesn't scream intimidation (Houston and Tampa Bay), but the challenge comes in having to weather the barrage of road trips after an early Week 4 bye. Since the Texans' defense should be improved and the Buccaneers have three former Bengals players, the road trip has other challenges. It also starts with a Sunday afternoon game at New Orleans. If the Bengals can win two of three through this stretch of the schedule, they could be a legitimate of a playoff contender.

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