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Last May, I conducted an article discussing five factors for the Cincinnati Bengals to help reach the playoffs in 2009. As we approach Week Nine of the regular season, the Bengals are in excellent shape to make a strong run at the playoffs with a 5-2 record, all while sitting at the top of the AFC North standings. As the team gets ready for a home matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, I thought it would be fun to conduct a five-part series with five more reasons why the Bengals have been successful this season (including a few factors from the original article). The first factor behind the Bengals early success is the return of quarterback Carson Palmer, who appears to be at full strength again and better than ever. One of the main reasons why the Bengals finished 4-11-1 last season was b ...

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