Optimistic Bengals predictions: Cincinnati sneaks into the postseason
With individuals and groups performing far better than last year, the Bengals should be competitive in more games. Cincinnati lost a lot of one-possession games in 2019, but the new squad should see some of those contests go in their favor. There will still be growing pains, and the Bengals do play in a very competitive division, but Cincinnati has the pieces to surprise people this year.
The window for a championship starts now and should continue for a few years as long as Joe Burrow stays healthy. While most people have the Bengals’ championship window opening in 2021 or 2022, the franchise has the talent to jump into competition right away.
With the balance of the AFC shifting after the loss of Tom Brady, the Patriots are not a sure thing to win the East and make the playoffs. The Chiefs and Ravens should be dominate but there are questions about a lot of other teams throughout the AFC. This season should leave enough room for the Bengals to sneak through the field and start the Burrow era off with a playoff appearance, similar to the 2011 campaign.