To start with a frank statement, the 2013 schedule for the Cincinnati Bengals is not easy.
In fact, it appears quite difficult, with several games that will be closely contested, making a season prediction a bit hard to do.
However, in this article, I’ll try to do a brief breakdown of first the AFC North match-ups, and then the rest of the regular season for Cincinnati.
Please bear with me.
Series with the Cleveland Browns: We should win both of these games. The Browns had a relatively strong off-season, but then again, so did the Bengals. I don’t expect the Bengals to have too much trouble dispatching their intrastate rivals in 2013.
Leon Hall is going to have an interception early in the second quarter. Place your bets now. I’m thinking around the 12:00 mark.
Series with the Baltimore Ravens: The Bengals have always played well against Baltimore under Marvin Lewis. Both are very good teams, and just like the usual prediction, both games this season will be fought with a lot of grit and muscle. I’ll say that a split between the teams is likely, and each team will probably claim a victory at home.
Dear Geno Atkins,
Please gently place Joe Flacco on the turf.
Series with the Pittsburgh Steelers: Unlike going against the Ravens, the Bengals haven’t been so lucky against their other main division rival. However, when the team most needed to perform in a win-or-go-home environment for both teams, they did so, propelling themselves into the postseason. Maybe that bad luck at Heinz Field is starting to shift? Either way, I’ll still predict a series split, with each team winning their home game.
I know Harrison’s looking forward to Week 2. Not so sure Big Ben is.
Week 1: @ Chicago Bears: Right off the bat, this is a really tough game to call. A new coach in Chicago will bring a new look to a tough defense missing Brian Urlacher. I was counting this game as a loss about a month ago, just because I don’t like the idea of creating expectations that are higher than they should be. However, I’m having a change of heart. I say Bengals by six.
Charles Tillman, I’d like to reintroduce you to A.J. Green. Please recall last year’s Pro Bowl.
Week 2: Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: See top.
Week 3: Vs. Green Bay Packers: Another interesting match-up, and another close one to call. It’s going to come down to how effective the Bengals defense can be against the Packers’ pass-first offense. Cincinnati will be able to put up points against this team, but I’m not sure it’ll be enough. I’ll predict the Packers in a close one.
However, Andy, the game’s in Cincy. Here’s your chance to send them home…packing.
Week 4: @ Cleveland Browns: See top.
Week 5: Vs. New England Patriots: I don’t see Tebow being the death of us here. However, Tom Brady has the ability to tear apart any defense, no matter how good it is. The Bengals will hang around for awhile, but the Patriots are just a more dominant team right now.
Mr. Belichick, this would be the perfect game to start Tebow. Just sayin’.