The Cincinnati Bengals have made it to the playoffs five straight years, an impressive stretch of success that should put them among the elite franchises in the AFC.
It's the fact they haven't won a game once they've gotten to the postseason that has some fans hesitant to feel any satisfaction.
Underrated? Perhaps. But the Bengals know there's only one way to change that perception.
And that road begins at MetLife Stadium on Sunday against the New York Jets in the season opener.
If there's one trend the Bengals can change immediately, it's that they've never defeated the Jets in New Jersey. They're 0-9 there, but despite that dismal record, coach Marvin Lewis knows how huge a victory would be in Week 1 — no matter against whom or where it comes.
"It makes you 1-0, on the road, which is a good thing," said Lewis, 6-7 in openers with the Bengals. "It kicks off the season in the right way. You focus on this since the schedule comes out. This is the opening game, so there's a certain importance to it. It's an opportunity to get off to a fast start."
Meanwhile, the Jets haven't been to the playoffs since the 2010 season, the longest postseason drought since owner Woody Johnson took over the team in 2000.
Johnson declined to make a playoffs-or-bust declaration while speaking to the media this week, but the Jets certainly have their sights set on success.