Now that the 2012 NFL regular-season has concluded, every NFL term can begin building and preparing for a run at the Super Bowl in 2013. While only a handful of clubs have realistic shot at getting their, every team for the most part will work and prepare as though they are one of the few.
The 2013 opponents for the Cincinnati Bengals have been finalized, and they’re tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 12th-most difficult schedule. Joe Reedy was careful to point out that SOS means nothing now, noting how at this time last year the Bengals were tied with Pittsburgh for the 14th hardest SOS, but needed 2012 with the second easiest schedule.
Because the Bengals finished in second-place in the AFC North, they’ll face the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers, who finished second in their respective divisions.
They already play the entire AFC East in addition to the NFC North. The East features the New England Patriots, who have won all but two AFC East titles since 2001.
The NFC North features the Green Bay Packers, who have won the North six times in the past 10 seasons.
The AFC North will feature two games against the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will likely be in a transition phase, but always play the Bengals to the final few possessions.