We don't have Joe Burrow - or the 1st pick in the bag yet. If we beat Miami this weekend, we could very easily lose that pick. Miami plays the Patriots in Foxboro week 17 so they finish with 3 wins. We play the Browns at home and they are absolutely a train wreck and will be even more so by week 17. We could very easily win that game and might even be the favorite. I don't know the scenario if other teams finish with 3 wins - I assume a coin toss if we haven't played head to head. We could possibly miss out on the first couple picks which would mean no Burrow or Chase.
I hate to see the glass half full, but I've been a Bengals fan all my life - it comes natural.