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.