Currently sitting at 5-7 it’s been a disappointing season to say the least in Cincinnati. But there’s still games left on the schedule, which means this group still needs to come to work every week and represent the city. Let’s break down the remaining games on the schedule to see how many wins you think the Bengals will achieve.
Week 14 - Chicago
The Bears have been far from electric this year, but the same could be said for our own team as well. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looks pedestrian at best so far, only throwing for over 200 yards just once in the eight games he’s played this season. The Bears are dead last in the league in passing offense and a middle of the road team everywhere else. As long as Cincinnati can get a lead and contain Chicago’s run game the Bengals don’t need to worry about being hurt in the secondary.
Week 15 - at Minnesota
Mike Zimmer and Case Keenum have put together perhaps the most surprising success story of 2017. Boasting both the number two defense in the league to go along with a top five offense, Minnesota is every bit of the Super Bowl contender they’re made out to be. With Joe Mixon currently in concussion protocol and already declared out for Week 14, it’ll be hard to imagine getting much of a running game going in this one. The Vikings allow an average of only 77 yards per game on the ground. This one is going to be tough for Cincinnati to say the least.
Week 16 - Detroit
This year’s Lions team is basically like most other Lions teams over the tenure of Matthew Stafford’s career. They have a dynamic passing game (ranked sixth in the NFL), play pretty good defense, but can’t run the ball to save their life. The last Detroit running back to run for 1000 yards was Reggie Bush all the way back in 2013. That said, this team can certainly give the Bengals a good game and I wouldn’t be surprised at people picking this one to go either way.
Week 17 - at Baltimore
Baltimore is making a late season surge after a start to the year where the offense struggled and the defense was playing lights out. The Ravens have three shutouts so far this year, including one against the Bengals to start the year. That goes a long way to help the team be the number three scoring defense in the league. It also helps mask their incapable offense at the same time. Baltimore hasn’t won a single game this year when their opponent scores more than 20 points.
How many games do the Bengals win to end 2017?
This poll is closed
4 - A winning season is in reach!
3 - A .500 season is this team’s destiny
2 - Cincinnati can’t compete against playoff teams
1 - Things don’t look so good down the stretch
0 - All hope is lost