After a 6-10 finish last season, can the Cincinnati Bengals improve with a new head coach at the helm?
The Bengals enter 2019 on a playoff drought that’s lasted three years. They’ve finally let go of coach Marvin Lewis, who led his team to just 19 wins in three seasons and saw them finish last in the AFC North last year. His replacement, Zac Taylor comes in after calling a few plays for the Dolphins and coached quarterbacks for the Rams. It’ll take more than a coaching change, however, for the Bengals to turn things around in Cincinnati. Another reason things need to improve for the Bengals? The team had the second worst attendance record in the league last year.
Cincinnati Bengals Acquisitions and Moves
There’s not much in terms of huge blockbuster moves to report from the Bengals camp besides that big coaching change.
For a team that needs a facelift, the Bengals were pretty quiet during free agency and then had a relatively unimpressive draft. They did manage to pick up Jonah Williams, considered by many to be the best offensive tackle available. Williams is a versatile player and if he works out well with the team could become an important piece. They also picked up North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley to provide backup to Andy Dalton.
Cincinnati Bengals 2019 NFL Schedule
In terms of strength of schedule, the Bengals are ranked at 27th (tied with the Giants, Jets, Rams and Patriots) with their opponents’ combined 2018 record at 119-133-4, and their opponents combined win percentage in 2018 a .473. Here’s their 2019 schedule:
Week 1: @ Seattle Seahawks, on Sept. 8 at 4:05 p.m. ET
Week 2: vs. San Francisco 49ers, on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 3: @ Buffalo Bills, on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 4: @ Pittsburgh Steelers, on Sept 30 at 8:15 p.m. ET
Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals, on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 6: @ Baltimore Ravens, on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 7: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 8: @ Los Angeles Rams, on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. ET in London
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: vs. Baltimore Ravens, on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 11: @ Oakland Raiders, on Nov. 17 at 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 12: vs. Steelers, on Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 13: vs. New York Jets, on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 14: @ Cleveland Browns, on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 15: vs. New England Patriots, on Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 16: @ Miami Dolphins, on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. ET
Week 17: vs. Browns, on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Bengals NFL Odds
Sports Interaction oddsmakers have the Cincinnati Bengals listed as +550 to make the postseason this year. Their Super Bowl odds are even longer. With odds set at +12500, your $20 extreme long shot bet on the Bengals to hoist the Lombardi would earn you $2500 if they somehow, some way, in some universe, pulled it off.
Cincinnati Bengals Season Prediction
A shiny new coach won’t be enough to make much of an improvement to the Bengals’ 2018 record of 6-10. We don’t expect them to do much better than 6-10.