While most think the Cincinnati Bengals will be a cellar-dweller in 2019, opportunities on the schedule say otherwise.
The Cincinnati Bengals have a September schedule that allows them to set the table for the 2019 season. While it looks a bit daunting on paper, the reality is that two games look to be absolutely winnable and two probably not.
The Bengals have the unenviable task of playing three road games to begin their NFL campaign, including a tough Week 4 Monday night contest at division rival, Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh, who will be looking forward to a rebound kind of season after a tough 2018, could wind up being the class of the AFC North before all is said and done.
For Cincinnati, a team many believe are destined for the division cellar, a good start to kick off the Zac Taylor era is critical. With expectations low, the Bengals will need to win the games that are within reach. In what is likely to be a tough AFC North, the remainder of the schedule has some teams whose identity doesn’t scream “world-beater.” In those games, Cincinnati can find some opportunities to add to the win column.
Taylor has a big job in front of him. But the rejuvenation brought by a new coaching staff will pay some dividends not found in the last years of the Marvin Lewis days. I wouldn’t bet on the Bengals stunning the NFL world and winning the division, but I wouldn’t be so quick to pick them for the basement either.