It won't be long until football in the Queen City returns and the Cincinnati Bengals come running onto the field of Paul Brown Stadium.
Running out to the field will be many of the same Bengals who've won 52 games since 2011 while making five-straight playoff berths. The offense will be led by a dominant ground game with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard forming one of the NFL's best backfield tandems.
They'll do so behind one of the best offensive lines in football, led by one of the game's best in Andrew Whitworth. The Bengals will also have a dynamic and explosive passing game with Andy Dalton throwing to the likes of A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, who are among the NFL's best at their respective positions.
On defense, the Bengals return much of the same unit that was among the NFL's best from 2011-15, led by All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins. The Bengals also have Pro Bowl defensive end Carlos Dunlap to help anchor a defensive line that was once again among the best at rushing the passer in 2015.
The Bengals also have one of the league's most talented secondaries with Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, George Iloka, Darqueze Dennard and Shawn Williams roaming the field. Kirkpatrick will need to step up this year and Williams will need to prove worthy of his multi-million dollar extension. But, the unit looks to be stocked with talent.
Linebacker is also a deep and veteran-heavy unit with Vontaze Burfict, Rey Maualuga and Karlos Dansby leading the way. The depth at linebacker was shaky going into the offseason, but after re-signing Vinny Rey, signing Dansby and Drafting Nick Vigil the group is evolving nicely. Backup linebacker spots actually look to be one of the biggest positional battles come training camp.
There aren't many clear holes on this team that opponents are going to be able to exploit or use to limit the Bengals' production on either side of the ball. While they have weaknesses (hint: center), none of them appear to be crippling enough to prevent the Bengals from once again achieving a winning season. And, the Bengals are already favored to win 11 of their 15 games in 2016 (odds are not yet available for Week 17's matchup which takes place in 2017).
Though questions remain to be answered over the summer, and the impact made by a coaching staff featuring many new members remains to be seen, there's a lot to be optimistic about when it comes to the Bengals' chances in 2016.
How many games do you think the Bengals will win in the 2016 regular season?