Predictions are fun this time of year, mainly because Cincinnati Bengals fans don’t have a lot to talk about. Basically any prediction right now can be considered a “way too early” prediction, but that’s okay. Even if you wait until the first week of the season, predictions are wrong more than they are right.
Any prediction made regarding the Cincinnati Bengals last season, barring the most crazy ones were probably wrong. Who had this team in the Super Bowl? My guess is even Zac Taylor didn’t go that far.
I thought they had a shot at the playoffs if literally EVERYTHING broke right, which it did, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect a Super Bowl run.
That’s exactly what we got though, so that leaves us here.
What are we predicting for 2022? Big things? A step back? An undefeated season? Who knows? The sky is the limit here, so let’s take a look at three BOLD predictions for 2022, and we will check back later to see if I am actual omniscient.
3. Joey Franchise wins a passing title
Why not? Joe Burrow was very, very good last season. We all know that, right? So why shouldn’t we reasonable expect Burrow to take another step forward in season three?
Burrow wasn’t completely healthy last season. We saw that, it’s okay to admit it. Burrow tiptoed through the first quarter of the season basically on one leg. A one-legged Burrow is still better than most quarterbacks in the NFL. We are lucky, folks.
Let’s also consider that management broke the piggy bank and bought Joey Franchise three new lineman. Not just scrubs, cause as TLC said, we don’t want no scrubs, we got legit, lunch pail linemen with blue collar work ethics that should keep Burrow upright WAY more than in 2022.
Joe Burrow was ELITE with a crap offensive line in 2022. That is FACT. If you give Burrow more time to throw, with the same weapons and a better line, there is ZERO reason to think he can’t lead the league as a passer.
Now don’t misunderstand, winning a passing title isn’t what we are seeking here. We want a Super Bowl, but if Burrow has the time and protection to win a passing title, a Super Bowl bid should be in the offing.