At season’s start, any Bengals fan could take a glance at their team’s schedule, and easily predict a 5-1 record through six weeks of football. At 3-1 and heading back home, that prediction looked to be unveiling itself perfectly. But the young Bengals lost against the previously 1-win Dolphins and blew a touchdown lead against the winless Browns. Now at 3-3, the Bengals have forced themselves into a hole, looking at some very tough opponents coming up on their schedule.
In just their next three games, they face Pittsburgh, followed by Denver and the Giants after their bye week. Again, that’s Roethlisberger, and then not one Manning, but both. At least those three are at home. Well, maybe that’s not such a good thing. Curiously, Dalton has a better record as a starting quarterback when not playing in front of the home crowd.
And the road doesn’t get much easier. After a game against the Chiefs that the Bengals should win easily, they get to host Carson Palmer and his Raiders team that recently kept Atlanta on their heels until the end. Games against the Chargers, Cowboys, and Eagles follow, as the Bengals will end their season against the Steelers and at home for ever-hungry Baltimore.
Doesn’t exactly seem like a welcoming sight, does it?