Another impressive statistic is the turnover margin. After forcing four turnovers against Eli Manning and the Giants, the defense has created at least one fumble and an interception in each of that last two games. That comes at a time when the Bengals are protecting the ball more than ever, and they are winning games because of it.
Coming off of the last three wins, the Bengals will look to improve their streak to four, five, and perhaps six as they face their next three contest against the San Diego Chargers, home for the Dallas Cowboys, and then at the Philadelphia Eagles. Let’s look at what to watch for in that stretch, and what to expect.
First, they travel to the west coast to battle the Chargers. This should be an entertaining contest, to say the least. The Chargers proved their worth on defense Sunday, as it took a Ray Rice miracle for the Ravens to come away without a loss. They only allowed thirteen points in regulation against a team that scored 55 last week against the Raiders. That being said, I expect the Cincinnati Bengals to ride their hot streak, and add another win. The Chargers have been an up-and-down team this year, and I think after their loss against Baltimore, they won’t have enough to play for in order to win. Cincinnati has their season at stake in this game, and they won’t disappoint the fans back home.
Prediction: Bengals 23, Chargers 17
Next on the schedule will be the Dallas Cowboys. This is a team that needed overtime to beat the lowly Cleveland Browns, and then looked pitiful in the first half against Washington. Still, that second half on Thanksgiving Day proved that they can definitely score points at a fast pace when they need to. This will not be a low-scoring game, and I think the winner will be decided by whose defense plays better. Both the teams will have things to play for, but I expect the Bengals to stay hot enough to be included in the win column this week.
Prediction: Bengals 27, Cowboys 23
Last on the three-game stretch are the Philadelphia Eagles. A team that entered the season riding on high hopes, but now appear to be near anything but the playoffs. Michael Vick is still injured via the concussion, and Nick Foles simply hasn’t had enough time to develop chemistry with the offense. No matter which quarterback plays, look for the Bengals to win the turnover margin, score more points, and come away with the easy win.
Prediction: Bengals 24, Eagles 14