Week in Review: A Tale of Two Schedules

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If you made the argument last year that these Bengals were untested, it’s hard to say that has changed.  Undoubtedly, momentum has been kept, which is as critical as anything, but this coming season is going be where the rubber meets the road for these young players.

The calendar is tougher again for a third straight year, 13th in the NFL (Pittsburgh is 21st) with a .508 strength of schedule.  More brutal, after a 4-4 home record last year, 5 teams who made the play-offs last year will be visiting Paul Brown Stadium, which is as many play-off teams as the Bengals faced all last season.

With ticket sales increasing steadily for the 2013 season, a very big stage is being set in Cincinnati.


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  • Mac

    Im not sure how you can say they didnt beat many quality teams.. If the bengals were to lose to the steelers and/or giants, those teams would of most likley made the playoffs, so then they would of lost to 2 playoff teams. You cant say any team in the NFL (besides the raiders) arent a quality football team. Given the phrase any given sunday. You cant even argue the chiefs wernt a quality win because they had 6 probowlers and lost many close games that could of gone either way because a lack of quarterback. Isnt it a good sign when a young team wins against the teams they should and defeats a few that people thought they shouldnt have won?

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