Cincinnati has a franchise plan in place, and that has generated some pleasure within the Queen Metropolis heading into 2020.
The Bengals bottomed out final 12 months with a 2-14 report underneath first-year coach Zac Taylor, however that lengthy season is within the rear-view mirror.
That pleasure stems from the arrival of No. 1 choose Joe Burrow, the close-to-home-hero who received the Heisman Trophy and led LSU to the nationwide championship final season. The Bengals have a franchise quarterback who ought to be capable to compete with the opposite dynamic QBs within the AFC North.
Cincinnati held on to star receiver A.J. Inexperienced, and Burrow has a pleasant set of talent place gamers round him.
The Bengals additionally was extra lively in free company, and that provides hope that proprietor Mike Brown is extra severe about constructing a contender.
How will that translate into extra wins? Sporting Information takes a more in-depth look:
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Iyer’s take: There’s worthy pleasure and optimism offensively round Joe Burrow, particularly with an improved line and A.J. Inexperienced and Tee Higgins boosting the passing sport. Defensively, the funding within the rebuild will assist full the four-game enchancment.
Bender’s take: Six wins sounds about proper. The Bengals have an underrated core of skill-position expertise with Joe Mixon, A.J. Inexperienced and Tyler Boyd, and if Auden Tate and Tee Higgins could be constant contributors then Burrow might be in enterprise. The offensive line stays a query mark, nonetheless, and that’s the largest key in a younger quarterback’s growth. If the protection comes by, then Cincinnati may take these incremental steps in the appropriate course to be an AFC North contender once more.
Bengals 2020 win whole, Tremendous Bowl odds
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SN’s prediction of six wins places the Bengals proper on the road of Vegas’ projected win whole, and that is going to be an in depth one.
So as to get there, Cincinnati should snag a sport or two within the division. The Bengals are 2-10 in AFC North play the final two seasons, which is tied with the Lions and Redskins for the worst report in division play in that stretch.
Cincinnati hasn’t reached the postseason since 2015 and hasn’t received a playoff sport since 1990, so there nonetheless is a protracted technique to go together with this rebuild.
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Bengals schedule 2020
The Bengals have a last-place schedule that options the AFC South and NFC East.
Cincinnati faces 4 groups with a report of .500 or higher on the street in 2020, in order that schedule is a little-bit simpler. Burrow would possibly face two fellow first-round rookie quarterbacks in San Diego’s Justin Herbert (Week 1) and Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa (Week 13).
The matchup in opposition to the Dolphins begins a brutal September during which the Bengals get Dallas and Pittsburgh at house earlier than a street journey to Houston and yet one more house sport in opposition to Baltimore.
For Cincinnati’s it about enhancing at house. Cincinnati is 10-14 at house the final three seasons — the sixth-worst mark within the NFL in that stretch.