Cincinnati Bengals: 3 bold predictions for Week 9 vs Browns

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It was a rough week to be a Cincinnati Bengals fan. The team underperformed woefully against the lowly Jets, just one week after stunning the Ravens in Baltimore. Much of Bengaldom has been on full tilt in the week since. The national media have all but abandoned a team that was the hottest new thing merely a week earlier.

The fan base doesn’t know what to make of this team, and rightfully so. Is this the confident, brash young bunch that went into Pittsburgh and Baltimore and smacked around the AFC North powers that be? Or is this the team that fumbled in the dark against an awful Bear team, then was unable to put away a scrappy Jet squad?

Certainly, the talent is in place. There is ample offensive firepower to score with any team in the league. The defense is loaded with high motor, high character guys, and has stayed mostly healthy. (Looking at you again, Trae Waynes). The coaching, while being suspect at times has improved as the season has progressed.

To quote Axl Rose, “Where do we go now?”

Well, I’ll tell you where I’m going to go, and it isn’t Paradise City, despite how green the grass is and how pretty the girls are. I’m going to the crystal ball and making three bold predictions for the super important home tilt against the Cleveland Browns. Wish me luck.