Week 17 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, Jan. 2 — 1:00 EST)
This one will be tough for the Bengals to manage with the weapons the Kansas City Chiefs have at their disposal. Plus, the Chiefs are playing their best football of the season, both on offense and defense.
The Bengals can maintain competitiveness against the Chiefs if they are healthy and can give them a challenging game and potentially pull the upset. Still, if Cincinnati starts turning over the football and giving Kansas City opportunities, it could end ugly.
Applying pressure against Patrick Mahomes will be crucial and stopping the run is something the team has to do for any chance to win this game. If the Chiefs succeed in the run game, it is almost impossible to stop that offense because they are too dynamic to have all phases clicking and still get beat.
For the Bengals to win this game, they will have to play their best season game. As I said, I do think the good guys can stay competitive, but I have them dropping this one and setting up the biggest game of the season in Week 18 against the Browns.