Bengals Schedule: Way too early record prediction for 2022
AWAY opponents for 2022
New Orleans Saints
The Saints don’t scream a serious threat, especially with no Sean Payton, potentially no Alvin Kamara, and an uncertain quarterback situation. New Orleans sits in the bottom three as much cap space is also available, which doesn’t help a team that is getting worse.
If the Saints can get Michael Thomas back, this could be a different story and he could make it a tough day at the office for the Bengals’ secondary. New Orleans does have an incredible defense too and we’ve seen how Burrow and company struggle a bit against solid defenses. Be that as it may, the Bengals have too much firepower for the Saints.
New York Jets
The Bengals won’t lose to the Jets two years in a row, but who knows after they lost to them this year with Mike White making his NFL debut. That was a prime example of “Any Given Sunday.”
The Jets are a much-improved team this year but Cincinnati is the better squad. They should waltz into New Jersey and win this game with ease. Then again, that’s what we all said last year too, so… You never know.
The Bengals sweep the Pittsburgh Steelers and I don’t believe the Steelers stack up well against Cincinnati. It’s hard to rule the Steelers out with how good of a coach Mike Tomlin is but the Bengals are far and away the better team.
They win this one with a game-sealing kick by Evan McPherson.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WIN
The Bucs aren’t a threat now that Tom Brady is retired and several key guys are free agents. Tampa still has a well-put-together team but currently doesn’t have a starting quarterback and to make matters worse for them, they don’t get to draft until near the end of the first round.
With Brady on the team, this game would have been a loss on my predictions but until we know who’s quarterbacking the Bucs, it’s hard to take them seriously as a threat.
Tennessee Titans – LOSS
The Bengals beat Tennessee on the road in the AFC Divisional round in the postseason. As we all know, it ended with a game-winning field goal by McPherson to win 19-16 and move on.
There is a good chance the stripes can win this game, but unfortunately, they can’t win every game on the schedule and will drop this one by a point or two. THe Titans are an excellent team, and when healthy, they are one of the best teams in the league, barring what version of Ryan Tannehill shows up.
Regular Season Record: 12-5 (4-2 AFC North)
What do you think of my predictions? Do you think the Bengals will do better than 12-5 or worse?