With one game left in the 2019 NFL preseason, prognosticators have all but buried the Cincinnati Bengals at the bottom of the AFC North. However, a closer examination may show they have their predictions all wrong.
By the time you’re reading this, there might be a brand new projection or power ranking that has the Bengals listed as one of the worst teams in the NFL going into the 2019 season. I just don’t see it. I appreciate every writer and analyst that takes the time to create a list for all of us fans to enjoy and discuss, but what the “experts” see that leads to Cincinnati taking a step backwards from last year’s six win season is beyond me.
Don’t get me wrong. The Bengals are not contenders to win the Super Bowl this season. Still, last season was a catastrophe in nearly every way possible. It is actually difficult to imagine how it could go worse. So, let’s talk about some of the biggest weaknesses from last season’s Bengals and see if those weaknesses actually got even worse.