Ranking Bengals 2021 season schedule by opponent difficulty

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Ranking Bengals Opponents by Difficulty

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (Weeks 3 and 12)

It’s telling how difficult the AFC North is when we’re just now getting to the first divisional opponent on the list. Some people might be counting the Steelers out this year since Ben Roethlisberger isn’t what he once was and the Steelers as a whole crashed and burned epically last season after their 11-0 start.

I, however, will not be doing that nor should Bengals fans. The Steelers have only had three coaches in the last 50 years, which is a testament to how consistent of an organization they are. Even when they’re supposed to be bad, they’re not that bad. Heck, they almost made the playoffs two years ago with some guy named “Duck” as their quarterback. That’s what the Steelers do — They compete year after year no matter the circumstances.

With that said, however, if the Bengals are going to get a win in the AFC North, one can come against Pittsburgh, just as it did last season. The Bengals won that game without Joe Burrow so imagine what they’ll be able to do with Joe Burrow for both games this year.

Pittsburgh is a good organization and that’s why they’re this high on my list, even though some are doubting them in 2021.