The Cincinnati Bengals won’t go 0-16. They could, it would certainly make sense, and in all likelihood, it seems entirely plausible they never win a game this season. Having said that, there are winnable games in the last six that provide every opportunity to lock up one win.
In Week 12, a beat-up Steelers team at Paul Brown Stadium could yield a win. Also, the Cleveland Browns have been all over the board, and are inconsistent enough to cough up a defeat to the Bengals. The Dolphins are another team who is just bad enough to provide Cincinnati a victory.
Now, it’s not to say the Bengals beat all three, but of those three teams, and playing the Browns twice in four weeks, the law of averages seems to point to a win. But even with those three opponents, Cincinnati has proven over ten games that winning, even against average to below-average teams, is no lock.
In Week 11, the Bengals got close to a win when they took the Raiders deep into the fourth quarter, only to lose 17-10. Against Oakland, Cincinnati’s defense performed well enough to give Finley and the offense a chance late. Unfortunately, the rookie was ineffective all day, especially in the waning moments.