I forecast a four-game winning streak for the Bengals. Here’s the opponents they will take down in that span:
- Buffalo (Home)
- Baltimore (Away)
- Philadelphia (Home)
- Cleveland (Away)
Do any of these opponents just overwhelm you? Buffalo is an average team, Baltimore and Philadelphia are led by their defenses, and Cleveland is winless.
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The Bengals still get two cracks at the Ravens. The current division-leader. They have beaten Baltimore five consecutive times with their last loss coming in overtime in 2013. And frankly, Flacco is one of the few quarterbacks that doesn’t scare me. He’s prone to mistakes and he has been wildly inconsistent this season more than ever.
Offensively, the next three games will be a true test. While the offenses of Buffalo, Baltimore, and Philly are not putting up big numbers, but all three teams have defenses that rank in the NFL’s top half.
Can the Bengals win three close, low-scoring games before demolishing Cleveland on December 11th? Absolutely.
Look, I know things look bleak. The season is on life-support. But the Bengals still have four division games left to do some damage. When the Cleveland Browns are still mathematically in the playoff race, it’s not time for Bengal supporters to throw in the towel.
Worry about Marvin Lewis after the season. There’s still seven games to play! Just enjoy the next four weeks, because the Bengals will be 7-5-1 when they host Pittsburgh on December 18th.