Cincinnati Bengals: Five Bold Early Predictions for 2016

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Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the field prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the field prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) is attended to by medical staff after a hit during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) is attended to by medical staff after a hit during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

#2: The Bengals Will Avoid Major Injury

Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Vontaze Burfict, and Geno Atkins have had terrible luck with all staying healthy at the same time. This year should be different. Andy Dalton has had a long time for his hand to heal, A.J. Green avoided any major concussions last season, Geno Atkins looked like he was in pre-injury form from 2013, and Burfict will have three extra weeks to rest under suspension.

This means that the Bengals could be running with one of the most complete teams in the NFL. I know, I said that this team would not win the AFC North and then called them one of the most complete teams, but remember, toughest division in the NFL.

The Cincinnati Bengals have depth at the defensive secondary by adding William Jackson III. They added wide receiver talent with Tyler Boyd and Cody Core, not to mention signing Brandon LaFell before the draft. This team is getting deeper and deeper, which makes the more dangerous than ever.

Staying healthy will be the key to the Bengals success in 2016. If they can remain healthy and together as a unit, this team will only limit themselves. A few days ago, FanSided named the Bengals third in the post draft power rankings and the Steelers eighth. We are still early but it seems like the Bengals are on everyone’s radar heading into OTA’s and mini-camp.

Next: Number One: Big Prediction

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