The Cincinnati Bengals don’t have a storied tradition in the NFL, and there have been many extremely rough years. 2019 would have to be considered one of those rough years, but it appears that better times are ahead for the Bengals.
Cincinnati finished the 2019 season with the worst record in the NFL, earning them the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bengals will begin the process of rebuilding in 2020, but this team has the talent to make some noise.
Cincinnati plays in the AFC North, which is one of the best divisions in football, but they could surprise some teams this season. At 22-1 odds to win the AFC North, Bengals fans who make that futures bet would love to have that last laugh. Betting on the Bengals to win it all is a stretch, with +12000 odds to win Super Bowl 55, but Cincinnati will be much improved this season.
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Cincinnati Bengals 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 2||Sept. 17||at Cleveland Browns|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||at Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||at Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||at Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Cleveland Browns|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Tennessee Titans|
|Week 9||Nov. 5||BYE WEEK|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||at Washington|
|New York Giants
at Miami Dolphins
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 15||Dec. 21||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||at Houston Texans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Baltimore Ravens
Finishing the 2019 season with the worst record in the NFL brings a much easier schedule this season. There are still some great teams that the Bengals will have to take on, and the six divisional games will not be easy.
Cincinnati will appear on Thursday Night Football in week two against the Cleveland Browns, and they will also play on Monday Night Football later in the season when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 15.
The Bengals finish the season by playing three of their final games at home, but they are all against terrific opponents. If Cincinnati can manage to stay in the playoff race until week 14 they will have a chance to make some noise on their home field.
Last year’s history
The Cincinnati Bengals finished 2019 with only two regular season wins, and they went 0-8 on the road. Injuries played a huge role in the bad season for the Bengals, but this team simply didn’t have enough coaching talent to compete.
The 2019 season also marked the end of the Bengals career for quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton led the team to several playoff appearances during his tenure, but also failed to deliver a playoff win. The Bengals will be looking for a fresh start in 2020 in hopes of turning things around.
The Bengals selected Burrow with the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he will be given the reins to begin the season. Burrow shattered a number of FBS records last season at LSU en route to winning the Heisman Trophy. There will be plenty of expectations surrounding Burrow, but he is talented enough to live up to the hype.
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Running back Joe Mixon ran for over 1,100 yards in 2019 and was the biggest bright spot of the team. Mixon can also play a role in the passing game, and he will likely be featured a ton in 2020 as Burrow adjusts to life in the NFL.
Wide receiver AJ Green unquestionably ranks amongst the NFL elite. The Bengals were without their star wide-out all of 2019 due to a preseason injury. He was franchise-tagged in the offseason, however, so he’ll be returning. At his best, Green delivered a 1,426 receiving yards, 11 touchdown, 98 reception season. But that was all the way back in 2013. We’ll have to see how his injury and age affect his productivity.
Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins was the only Bengal to make the Pro Bowl last season. Atkins was nominated to Pro Bowl honors by his peers while recording 4 ½ sacks, 18 tackles and 29 assists. Heading into 2020, the Bengals need all the help they can get on the D-line.
Joe Burrow and WR Tee Higgins were the biggest new additions the Bengals via the draft, but Cincinnati were also big winners in free agency. The Bengals spent a ton of money, and they brought in a number of defensive players that are expected to start.
Defensive tackle D.J. Reader is one of the biggest free-agent signings that the team made, and he will anchor the defensive line. Cincinnati also brought in former Minnesota Vikings teammates Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander. Waynes and Alexander both play in the secondary, and they should improve the back end of that unit.
Safety Vonn Bell and linebacker Josh Bynes were also added to the team and should start at their respective positions in 2020.
The biggest departures that the Bengals will have to deal with in 2020 come on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Andy Dalton was released by the team after a steady career. He was likely to be replaced by Burrow anyways, but his leadership will be missed.
Tight end Tyler Eifert has also moved on, and he was one of the better players at that position in the league. Eifert signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and that will take a big weapon away from Joe Burrow.
The AFC North could be one of the best divisions in the NFL in 2020, but there is a clear leader at the top. The Baltimore Ravens finished the 2019 season with a record of 14-2, and they should be just as dominant this season.
Cincinnati is projected to finish in last place in the AFC North again this season as the other two teams are solid as well. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns both had disappointing 2019 seasons, but are expected to rebound.
The Bengals should be a much better football team this season, but it’s hard to see them being competitive in the division. They would have a successful season if they are able to avoid coming in fourth.
Cincinnati Bengals Offense
Scoring-wise, Cincinnati could not have done much worse in 2019. With an average of 17.4 points per game, Cincinnati ranked 30th in scoring. The woes were evident from the start. Following an 0-8 start, 1st-year head coach Zac Taylor decided to bench veteran Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley.
Finley stepped in and delivered three-consecutive losses, which was enough to convince Taylor to turn to Dalton once again. Dalton would finish the year with 3,494 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 78.3 passer rating.
Since the organization is now turning to rookie Joe Burrow, there’s no telling what to expect this season. In recent years, teams have been finding success with young quarterbacks. This is because a quarterback on a rookie contract is relatively cheap, affording you the opportunity to pick up proven veterans with more cap space. The Rams did this with Goff and the Chiefs with Mahomes, until they offered him that MLB-esque deal.
Cincinnati Bengals Defense
The Bengals offense was pretty shoddy in 2019 but their defense might have been worse. They would go on to finish 25th in points allowed, 21st against the pass and dead last against the run. The fact that the Bengals were giving up almost 150 rushing yards per game is close to unbelievable. In fact, it’s surprising they avoided going winless.
The question heading into 2020 is whether or not Cincinnati’s aforementioned offseason acquisitions will be able to turn this defense around. Lou Anarumo became defensive coordinator in 2019, and this is the biggest position he’s had in his career. If he’s unable to deliver better results this year, he won’t be there much longer.
What is the Cincinnati Bengals all-time record?
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How many Super Bowls have the Bengals won?
The Bengals have never won the Super Bowl. They have two Super Bowl appearances in franchise history (1981, 1988).
Who is the quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals?
The Bengals will turn to rookie quarterback Joe Burrow in 2020.