It’s been a rough stretch for a team that was a playoff mainstay not too long ago. Can the Cincinnati Bengals get back on track this upcoming season?
After 16 seasons with Marvin Lewis as their head coach, the Cincinnati Bengals are starting over once again with former Los Angeles Rams’ quarterback coach Zac Taylor at the controls. The team looks to end a three-year stretch of subpar finishes. After reaching the playoffs every year from 2011-15, the franchise owns a combined 19-28-1 record the past three seasons.
Taylor has offensive weapons at his disposal with quarterback Andy Dalton, running back Joe Mixon and wideouts A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. But can new defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo fix a group that allowed the most total yards and passing yards in the league this past season?
Here is how the complete schedule, week-by-week, lays out for the Bengals:
Week 1: at Seattle Seahawks
Week 2: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 3: at Buffalo Bills
Week 4: at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon.)
Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens
Week 7: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 8: vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 11: at Oakland Raiders
Week 12: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 13: vs. New York Jets
Week 14: at Cleveland Browns
Week 15: vs. New England Patriots
Week 16: at Miami Dolphins
Week 17: vs. Cleveland Browns
Per usual, the franchise wasn’t overly active during free agency. The club added cornerback B.W. Webb and defensive tackle Kerry Wynn from the New York Giants and signed guard John Miller away from the Buffalo Bills.
This past year, the Cincinnati Bengals finished last in the AFC North for the first time since 2010. Are they capable of bouncing back and once again being a factor in the divisional race? The team will require an excellent draft to shore up some major areas.