Record prediction for a Joe Burrow-led Cincinnati Bengals

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This projection does not end the way many fans would hope, with a Bengals’ playoff berth and even a potential win. What it does provide is major optimism for the future and builds a strong foundation for tomorrow’s Bengals. If Joe Burrow can have a rookie campaign that even gets the Bengals close to making the playoffs after their terrible 2-14 2019 campaign, fans should be excited about what the future holds.

I don’t believe the Bengals will make the playoffs in 2020, but I do believe it will come down to the last two games of the season. In 2021, expect the Bengals’ window to open and for Cincinnati to be a contender. Just look at the past few years of NFL football, the second year of a quarterback’s career is when a team’s window really opens up. Examples include Russell Wilson in Seattle, Carson Wentz in Philadelphia, Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City, and Lamar Jackson in Baltimore.

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I think fans should have their eyes set on 2021, Burrow’s second year. Regardless of when the window opens, the Bengals have a bright future ahead of them and the potential to make fans forget about all of the recent disappointment.