Ranking Bengals 2021 season schedule by opponent difficulty

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Ranking Bengals Opponents by Difficulty

11. Denver Broncos (Week 15)

The Broncos could take a gigantic leap on this list if Aaron Rodgers ends up in Denver (and if so — Green Bay will plummet from where they’re ranked) but for now, they’re one of the Bengals’ “easiest” opponents this year. This is definitely where it got harder to rank teams though because while the Broncos are No. 11 here, they’re no slouch.

The Broncos have been a quarterback away from contending for the past few years and once they have that, they’ll be a Super Bowl contender with the weapons they have and the defense they’re sporting. This game is in Denver, which will make it tougher and if either team is a fringe playoff team, it could make the game quite meaningful.

Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater don’t exactly strike fear in anyone so that’s why the Broncos ended up this low on the rankings. Playing in Denver is never easy though, so this game really is a coin toss.

With so few winnable games on the 2021 schedule, the Bengals need to take advantage of the “weaker” or same-level opponents and this is a game they’ll need to win if they don’t want to finish last in the division again.