With the 2019 NFL season set to begin on Thursday night, here are five predictions for the Cincinnati Bengals and first-year head coach Zac Taylor.
Finally, it’s time for the NFL regular season. No more exhibition football, no more debate about who will make the final roster or practice squad. It’s go-time, and the Cincinnati Bengals will head to the Pacific Northwest for a Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
So, what happens in 2019? What kind of team does first-year head coach Zac Taylor ultimately end up with? NFL Network has their Power Rankings out and they have the Bengals at #30. Citing injuries and bad luck, it appears a bleak picture.
Cincinnati does have some issues. They also have some promise. But ultimately, they lack the talent (aka big stars) to challenge in a rapidly improving AFC North. After A.J. Green, and Andy Dalton it’s a shortlist. Joe Mixon is a nice running back, but is he enough to carry an offense and ultimately a team?
Taylor will find out early, as they open with three of their first four games on the road. With Green out for an undisclosed period of time, Cincinnati will have to rely on a starting cast perhaps not ready for prime time.
The Bengals aren’t on anybody’s shortlist to stun the NFL world. Most have them anywhere from 3-13 to a repeat of 6-10. The truth may ultimately lie somewhere in between. All that said, here are five predictions worth keeping an eye on in 2019.