What do the Bengals have in common with Rams, Lions, Chiefs, Texans and Browns? Sadly, a winless record. Though you examine those teams, and you kind of see the point with this Associated Press headline: "Bengals the most upbeat of NFL's winless teams."
Coming into the season, the Bengals had the sixth toughest schedule in the league. You'd think, based on the scheduling formula, that a third-place team in 2007 would have a third-place schedule in 2008. Sadly, we're playing the NFC East and the AFC South -- arguably two of the toughest divisions in football. Luckily the Bengals play the winless Browns twice, the winless Chiefs and Texans. We have two more undefeated teams on our schedule -- though it's likely the Ravens won't be undefeated that late into the season; nor will the Colts have a losing record.
Right now, Bengals opponents are sporting a .533 record (not sure where that ranks). Last season, the same opponents went 140-116 (.547). Here's this years breakdown.
|New York Giants||3-0||1.000|
|New York Jets||1-2||.333|
|Kansas City Chiefs||0-3||.000|