Ranking Bengals 2021 season schedule by opponent difficulty

Leigh Oleszczak
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Ranking Bengals Opponents by Difficulty

 4. Cleveland Browns (Weeks 9 and 18)

The Bengals won’t meet up with in-state rival Cleveland until midway through the season and it’ll come right before their Week 10 bye. Even though Cincinnati went 0-2 against the Browns a year ago, they fought hard in both games and made the Browns work for those two victories.

Hopefully, we’ll see a similar pattern in 2021 and maybe the Bengals can even steal a win from the Browns this year. It’s still bizarre listing Cleveland this high on rankings like these because of their history but let’s give credit where credit is due — The Browns are on the right track. They even won a playoff game last year!

The Bengals have a chance to make a statement against Cleveland in 2021 and they can also play spoiler late in the year as they’ll travel to the Dog Pound for the final game of the season. If the Browns are battling for the division title at that point, the Bengals are going to give it their all in ensuring that doesn’t happen.

These two games against the Browns are going to be really fun ones for the state of Ohio. Who will win the crown this year?