Ranking Bengals 2021 season schedule by opponent difficulty

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Ranking Bengals Opponents by Difficulty

2. Baltimore Ravens (Weeks 7 and 15)

While the Browns are getting a lot of hype in the division (and rightfully so), the best team in the AFC North, at least in my opinion, is the Ravens. They finished the 2020 season on a tear and won their first playoff game with Lamar Jackson as their quarterback. That was a big accomplishment for them.

This year, Jackson knows he can win in the playoffs, so the next step is getting the division title back to Baltimore again and making it to a Super Bowl. The Bengals struggled against Baltimore last year and it was clear that the Ravens were far and away the better team, but no one needed to be told that.

The important thing this year is for the Bengals to at least be competitive against Baltimore. No one is necessarily expecting them to blow them out or even win against them, but don’t let the game be over by halftime.

With how dominant the Ravens run game is and their defense only improving, these will be two of the toughest games on Cincinnati’s schedule. Can they at least keep things close this time around?