Folks - I cannot emphasize enough how foolish it would be to get your hopes up for next year based on the Bengals play in the 2nd half of the year. Why? Behold, ladies and gentlemen, a statistical breakdown of Bengals wins and when they came since 1991 (when Mike Brown took the helm).
The file, for your viewing
pleasure disgust, is here: Download Bengals 2nd Half Wins
You can look at each season in the file, but here are the salient points:
- In the average Bengals season under Mike Brown, 71% of the total wins come in the 2nd half of the season (more than 2 in 3 wins, in other words)
- In 5 of the 18 total seasons under Mike Brown, all of the Bengals wins have come in the 2nd half of the season (including this year...that's almost 1 in 3 seasons where the Bengals start 0-8)
- Of Mike Brown's 101 total wins, 31 have come in November and 36 have come in December. This means Mike Brown's Bengals have more wins in December than they do total wins in the first half of the season combined.
- MOST IMPORTANT, only 1 time out of 15 seasons where the Bengals have "finished strong" (more wins in the 2nd half), has this been followed by a season where we have had a winning season. This is, of course, because we've only had 1 FRICKING WINNING SEASON IN 18 DAMN YEARS!