Sep 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) gets a pat on the helmet from quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and guard Kevin Zeitler (68) after catching a pass for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Cincinnati Bengals 2013 Schedule Into 4 Stretches


 

 

 

The Opening Stretch 

@ Chicago Bears (10-6)

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)

Green Bay Packers (11-5)

@ Cleveland Browns (5-11)

New England Patriots (12-4)

Combined Record: 46-34

-There’s really no way around it: The beginning of the 2013 schedule for the Bengals is brutal. A 1-2 or even 0-3 start to the year is very possible. I’d say a 2-4 start is the most likely scenario. The toss-up game here will be the opener @ Chicago.

 

Getting Back on Track

@ Buffalo Bills (6-10)

@Detroit Lions (4-12)

New York Jets (6-10)

Combined Record: 16-32

-The Bengals will need to go “at worst” 2-1 in this stretch, as they’ll likely enter this stretch below .500, and these will be 3 of the easiest games in 2013, if there is such a thing.

 

Road Warriors

@ Miami Dolphins (7-9)

@Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

Cleveland  Browns (5-11)

@San Diego Chargers (7-9)

Combined Record: 29-35

-The Bengals are 11-5 on the road in the past two seasons, and their biggest wins have come away from Paul Brown Stadium. That trend will need to hold true when the Bengals hit a stretch of games featuring 3-of-4 and 5-of-7 on the road.

 

The Home Stretch

Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

@ Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)

Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

Combined Record: 39-25

-Cincinnati ends the season against three teams that made the postseason in 2012,  butt they’re all at home. Winning @ Pittsburgh is no longer the daunting task it once was, and if the Bengals go 2-1 against the Colts, Vikings, and Ravens, Cincinnati will have another winning record, a likely playoff berth, and maybe even an AFC North crown.

 

 

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