How do the Bengals fare after a bye?

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How do the Bengals fare after a bye?

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes against Artie Burns #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

You can add another ‘p’ to the persistent problems facing the Cincinnati Bengals.

In addition to Pittsburgh, playoffs and prime time, the Bengals tend to struggle post-bye.

Since the NFL made bye weeks a regular part of scheduling in 1990, the team is 8-19-1 the week after a bye, including 5-8-1 under Marvin Lewis.

When the Bengals play on the road after bye, as they will Oct. 22 at Pittsburgh, they are 4-11 overall (3-6 under Lewis).

And when they head into a bye with a winning streak of at least two games, they are 2-3 (2-2 under Lewis).

But while the Bengals are 35-60 against the Steelers all time, they are 4-2 when facing them after a bye. The most recent instance was in 2015 when they started 6-0, had a week off and then went to Pittsburgh and scored a 16-10 victory.

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