The Cincinnati Bengals had Week 9 off after improving their record to 2-5-1 in Week 8. Following their dominating Week 8 victory that saw them skyrocket in the ranking, the bye week, as expected, held them stagnant, typically in the mid-to-low 20s.
They’ll have a huge opportunity to boost that this current week as the team is set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
More than a touchdown underdog, the Bengals should look to pick off the league’s last undefeated team. After all, the Bengals have a better record than Dallas and the Cowboys barely missed pulling off the upset in Week 9.
The Bengals have a chance as Joe Burrow has really started to be the leader they need, and if they could make it happen, they’d certainly jump into the top 20 in the national media’s power rankings.
That said, let’s dive into how they were ranked through nine weeks.
“A six-win season always was going to be a respectable total given the state of the 2020 Bengals. Cincinnati is still in the rebuilding process and a postseason push with this roster and coaching staff always seemed unlikely. However, the Bengals should be competitive and improve from the two-win campaign in 2019. The Bengals have three games against the NFC East and games against Houston and Miami still on the schedule. Getting four wins off the remainder of the schedule isn’t too much to ask. — Ben Baby”
They come off their bye with a tough game against the Steelers on the road. Joe Burrow was hot before the bye, but it will be tough going against that defense.
Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins could be Cincinnati’s first pair of 1,000-yard receivers since Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh in 2007.
The Bengals look to have the whole quarterback thing figured out, which officially means last year was worth it. So it’s not a one-year turnaround, but the future looks promising if they can build around Joe Burrow.
The Bengals had a Week 9 bye and will resume game action next Sunday on the road against the the Steelers. It will be the first ever meeting between Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Cincinnati went into the bye week with an upset victory, the kind of momentum that makes every day of that break feel even better. Better yet, the Bengals could get running back Joe Mixon and left tackle Jonah Williams back for Week 10. They will need both of them against Pittsburgh’s defense, which gets pressure on the quarterback like no other team. A win seems improbable, so keeping Joe Burrow healthy might just be a moral victory.
The Bengals had a bye to get healthier on the offensive line and also heal running back Joe Mixon. As for quarterback Joe Burrow, he will continue his push for Offensive Rookie of the Year.