Although Not Easy, They Have Winnable Schedule
Nov 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) chases during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Bengals won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The Bengals have two games remaining against above .500 teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers at home and the Denver Broncos in Denver. The other two games include are on the road at San Francisco to play the 49ers, who are currently 4-8, and then back home against the Baltimore Ravens, who are third in the AFC North.
Lets start with the Steelers. The Bengals beat them in Pittsburgh 16-10 on a very tough defensive performance by both sides. However, the Steelers are 2-3 on the road and 1-2 in divisional play. They are missing a huge piece in Le’Veon Bell, who was injured in their first meeting, which many people think the Steelers are looking for revenge. It will certainly be a tough game, but not unwinnable.
The 49ers are next on the schedule, and if the NFL move taking it out of primetime and making it a 4:25pm start means anything, they don’t think it is much of a contest. The Bengals will still need to show up and play, because as the Bears found out the hard way, they can still play an NFL level of football.
The Denver Broncos are two and a half weeks away and as the Patriots found out, this team can play with or without Peyton Manning. The Bengals beat the Broncos with a team that was depleted by injuries last season in Paul Brown Stadium. Now, they will head to the Mile High City in hopes to put the first round bye in their control and head into the final week in the best position to win since the 2005 season.
They finish off the season with the Baltimore Ravens and although they are beat up by injuries, they are always up for divisional game. The Bengals might not be playing for anything by this point and the Bengals could have locked up a first round bye, but I would not be surprised to see the Bengals play for a huge win to set the stage for the playoffs.
The Bengals can realistically go 3-1 in this stretch and have a chance to go 4-0 without someone laughing, unless you talk to Steelers fans, who still have unrealistic dreams of winning the AFC North. Either way, I think Bengals fans can say this is the most fun we have had in a long time with a team.