Cincinnati Bengals NFL Season Recap

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Though the Cincinnati Bengals brought up the rear of the AFC North standings for the third straight season, it was a much improved team. A year removed from going 2-14 SU and 6-10 ATS, the Bengals – in year two of the Zac Taylor regime – doubled its win output. More importantly, it put money in NFL bettor’s pockets by logging a solid 9-7 mark against the closing NFL odds. It possibly could’ve won - or at the very least covered - more games had No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow not been sidelined with a season-ending knee injury in Week 11. But injuries were the story of the 2020-21 Cincinnati Bengals. With Taylor just given a vote of confidence from the front office and the Bengals owners of the No. 6 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Bengals are much closer towards competing in the AFC than most accept. The foundation has been built on the offensive side of the ball. The returning coaching staff has experience working with one another under its collective belt. Now it’s time to bring in reinforcements to help improve the roster and get the Bengals back to playing an even more competitive brand of football.

Cincinnati Bengals Season Recap

Right from the outset, Cincinnati looked to be a different team. Though it ultimately lost the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, it had more to do with the team still feeling each other out. Had that game gone off in the middle of the season, there’s no doubt the Bengals would’ve found a way to outplay and outcoach Anthony Lynn’s team. Then in Week 2, the Bengals almost upset Cleveland as near touchdown dogs in the Browns’ house. It then went on to earn a tie against the Eagles in Philadelphia, and followed that effort up with its first win of the NFL season by ousting the Jacksonville Jaguars. Three straight losses were incurred against the Ravens, Colts and Browns, but two of those matchups were covered. Then it goes out and shocks the Tennessee Titans as 7.5-point home dogs in Week 8 with an offensive line held together by tape and Silly Putty. Pittsburgh dished out a humbling beat down in Week 10 in a game Burrow was sacked four times and pressured countless others. The poor offensive line play carried over into the next week when Chase Young and the Washington Football Team’s relentless front seven ended his season. Right then, upper management should’ve let it be known that there would be no more games won. Either the memo wasn’t sent out or the players ignored it as they attempted to close the season out strong. In doing so, they cost themselves three spots in the draft by beating both Pittsburgh and Houston in Weeks 15 and 16. Then for the second time in 2020, the team mustered just three points in another embarrassing defeat to Baltimore. In the end, Cincinnati logged a 4-11-1 overall record that saw them go 9-7 ATS with the total going 7-8-1. It went 3-5 SU and 5-2-1 ATS at home and earned Zac Taylor his first road win as a head coach in going 1-6-1 and 4-4 ATS away from Paul Brown Stadium.

2021 Season Preview

“We remain bullish on the foundation Zac is building, and we look forward to next year giving our fans the winning results we all want,” Bengals President Mike Brown said in a statement released by the team Monday morning. “In Zac’s two years, we have added many new starters and contributors through the draft, we have invested heavily in free agency, and we have acquired a talented young quarterback with a bright future.” Cincy closing the season strong with back-to-back wins over the Steelers and Texans as decided underdogs likely played a role in upper management’s decision to keep their young head coach around. Still, there’s plenty that needs fixing for the Bengals to start challenging Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland for division supremacy in the coming years.

Most importantly, the offensive line must receive a major overhaul. It was mediocre at best when at full strength. COVID and injuries simply decimated it. Because of that, Burrow was also lost for the season. Whether in the draft or free agency, management best go out and land some supreme hogs to keep their talented gunslinger healthy and upright for the foreseeable future. With an excellent young receiving corps already intact with Tyler Boyd and standout rookie Tee Higgins making waves in 2020, the arrow is pointed way up for this offense; especially if Joe Mixon can return from an injury plagued season that saw him go down for good in Week 6. It would also behoove management to shore up the defense both up front and in the secondary after it got shredded by opposing offenses all season long. Should they forget, the season finale at home versus the Ravens should prove to be the ultimate reminder after the defense surrendered an absurd 404 rushing yards to Lamar Jackson and company. Improvement along the offensive line and defense should be the franchise’s two main priorities this offseason.

Cincinnati Bengals Schedule & Results

Week 1 vs Los Angeles Chargers L 13-16 0-1
Week 2 at Cleveland Browns L 30-35 0-2
Week 3 at Philadelphia Eagles T 23-23 0-2-1
Week 4 vs Jacksonville Jaguars W 33-25 1-2-1
Week 5 at Baltimore Ravens L 3-27 1-3-1
Week 6 at Indianapolis Colts L 27-31 1-4-1
Week 7 vs Cleveland Browns L 34-37 1-5-1
Week 8 vs Tennessee Titans W 31-20 2-5-1
Week 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10-36 2-6-1
Week 11 at Washington L 9-20 2-7-1
Week 12 vs New York Giants L 17-19 2-8-1
Week 13 at Miami Dolphins L 7-19 2-9-1
Week 14 vs Dallas Cowboys L 7-30 2-10-1
Week 15 vs Pittsburgh Steelers W 27-17 3-10-1
Week 16 at Houston Texans W 37-31 4-10-1
Week 17 vs Baltimore Ravens L 3-38 4-11-1
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Bengals Past Seasons (2000)

2020 4-11-1 None
2019 2-14 None
2018 6-10 None
2017 7-9 None
2016 6-9-1 None
2015 12-4 Lost Wild Card
2014 10-5-1 Lost Wild Card
2013 11-5 Lost Wild Card
2012 10-6 Lost Wild Card
2011 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2010 4-12 None
2009 10-6 Lost Wild Card
2008 4-11-1 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 8-8 None
2005 11-5 Lost Wild Card
2004 8-8 None
2003 8-8 None
2002 2-14 None
2001 6-10 None
2000 4-12 None

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