Joe Burrow leads Cincinnati Bengals to near .500 record
It has been a long, dark road for the past few years with the Cincinnati Bengals. This is an organization that has gone from five straight playoffs births to consistently being at the bottom of the NFL and it’s been a tough pill to swallow.
Joe Burrow was drafted to be the man to change that and even though change happens slowly, there is enough variability in the NFL that the Bengals could make the leap.
Last year, Cincinnati finished 4-11-1 and was a bottom-five team. However, that number alone does not tell the full story — Five of the Bengals’ losses and the one tie were decided by less than one touchdown. Turn those one-score losses around and the Bengals are looking at 10 wins instead of four.
Now obviously winning all close games is not likely either, but ending up on the winning side of about half seems like an achievable goal. That would put the Bengals at seven wins.
With Burrow and company adding enough improvements to be better (at least on offense), that could account for a few more wins. The leap to the playoffs most likely won’t happen in one season, but hovering at an 8-9 record or even a 7-10 record at the end of the season would feel an awful lot better than looking forward to your draft day plans by November.
Joe Burrow has a lot riding on his shoulders but none of these bold predictions would surprise anyone in Cincinnati.