5 NFL teams poised to double last year’s win totals in 2020

Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals
Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

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Of course, they’d be No. 1! The Cincinnati Bengals were the worst team in football last year, going 2-14 to end up with the No. 1 overall pick. Though the Bengals could still be a terrible football team, they’ll have no reason to be bad, as they will take 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow out of LSU with that top selection. He’ll be expected to play right away and get them to four wins.

Alright, let’s say the Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns once in divisional play. Cincinnati won’t do better than 2-4 in the AFC North this year because the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers play in the division. Though one win feels right and two wins feels optimistic, let’s say they go 0-for in the AFC North. Are there four wins available for the Bengals to have out of 10?

With this last place schedule, the Bengals get the Los Angeles Chargers at home and play the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock. Maybe the Bengals get a win here? So of these eight games already spelled out, the Bengals are somewhere in the 1-7 to 4-4 range. If we go on the lower end of the spectrum, do they have three available wins of the other eight remaining on their 2020 slate?

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Fate would have it the Bengals play two of the weakest divisions in football in their entirety in the AFC South and the NFC East. The Bengals need to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars at home, as the other three AFC South games are much harder. Getting the New York Giants at home helps and maybe the Bengals win on the road vs. the Washington Redskins. A 7-9 ceiling is way above 4-12.