A new season of Bengals football arrives Sunday, and with it comes the return of FanPulse.
For a recap, FanPulse is a poll that will pull together the insights of the most plugged-in Bengals fans. You can still sign up to join other knowledgeable fans (including some Cincy Jungle writers) by going here.
Now that we have a full offseason and four preseason games under Cincinnati’s belt, we’ve got a better idea of how good this team can be in 2019, as well as how confident fans are in the Queen City.
Here is a look at the latest confidence poll for Bengals fans:
Confidence in the team reached its peak following what was widely viewed as a successful draft, then took a bit of a dip leading into the preseason, likely due to the onslaught of injuries to key players like Jonah Williams, A.J. Green and John Ross. Cincinnati also got bad news when longtime left guard Clint Boling decided to retire due to blood clots, which has left this offensive line as a major question mark for this season.
Even so, the Bengals had a productive training camp and preseason, enough to think new head coach Zac Taylor can keep this team moving in the right direction.
Speaking of right direction, winning the AFC North would sure do wonders in that department. While most of the national experts are counting out the Bengals, there’s usually at least one surprise team each year that goes from worst to first in their division.
In a national poll, Cincinnati got 4% of predictions to be the NFL team that goes from worst to first.
Here’s what the final tally looked like:
- Bengals: 4 percent
- Raiders: 9 percent
- Jets: 9 percent
- Jaguars: 52 percent
- Lions: 7 percent
- Giants: 8 percent
- Cardinals: 5 percent
- Buccaneers: 7 percent
After today’s Antonio Brown news, I’d definitely have the Bengals ahead of the Raiders in this vote. And they already should be ahead of the Cardinals and Jet, so hopefully, the Bengals prove everyone wrong and win big this season.
To sign up as a Cincy Jungle FanPulse participant, then go here.
Note: if you signed up as a FanPulse member last year, you will already be registered for 2019 as well, so please submit a new registration only if your email address has changed.