The Fragile Four
The Bengals first four games all come against teams with quarterbacking issues. Cleveland’s quarterback battle between Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy is currently ongoing, and if the history of that team is any indicator, then it won’t be over totally over between Week 2. Despite the hype around Robert Griffin III, Washington won’t have him ready by Week 3, and the drunken master route-running of Justin Blackmon won’t mean enough to offset bedwetting of Blaine Gabbert in Week 4. Best of all the Bengals get division rival Baltimore in Week 1. Right now, the Ravens have multiple issues plaguing them, namely; a quarterback unhappily going into a contract year without an extension, a keystone running back looking at holding out, a pro-bowl linebacker out for several games, a center who had to be talked into coming back for another season rather than retiring, and an aging defensive supporting cast.
The point is that the first four games all face opponents who will be incomplete to say the least. The Bengals have a very good chance of being 4-0 right out the gate.