After a 2019 season that saw the Bengals end as the worst team in the NFL, the 2020 campaign did not go much better. Finishing as the fifth-worst team landed them a highly regarded prospect but little momentum to build on.
Now, entering the 2021 year with a (hopefully) healthy quarterback, and loaded wide receiver room, and plenty of new faces, the team looks to break out of the cellar of the AFC North. The challenge is daunting, however, not only considering the level of competition they need to pass on a rise in the AFC, but also the significant holes on their roster.
While the highs are high (Joe Burrow and a deep, talented wide receiver core) the lows would be what keep the Bengals out of the playoffs again. There are several areas that should be looked at as concerning on the roster, these three groups will have a lot of pressure on them if the Bengals start losing games since all fingers will be pointing for the weakest link.