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Cincinnati Bengals: 5 bold predictions for the 2019 season

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CINCINNATI, OHIO - AUGUST 22: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - AUGUST 22: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 23: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball in front of Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 23: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball in front of Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

Perhaps the hottest division in all of the NFL is the AFC North. With the Baltimore Ravens, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cincinnati Bengals will find there footing difficult. Wins may be tough. I’m not saying they will get swept, but winning against three teams who have legitimate playoff talent at more positions than the home team will be a heavy lift.

Cleveland, an absolute media darling, is the team that many like to point to for a big 2019. The Steelers, who are finally rid of the diva sideshow that was Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, finally get a chance to be the Steelers again. That in and of itself could spell disaster for the rest of the division. Baltimore, who actually made the playoffs last season, also looks formidable with Lamar Jackson looking to add to a solid rookie campaign.

No doubt about it, the Bengals could be on tap for a struggle in a division that will be an absolute slugfest.

Taylor will have his hands full in an AFC North that probably has better talent on the other side of the football than on his. In a season of evaluation, which I believe 2019 will ultimately be, getting an up-close and personal look at what he needs to not just compete, but to win will be a valuable experience for the first-year head coach.

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