The Cincinnati Bengals were the NFL’s worst team in 2019. While their talent didn’t reflect their mere two wins, the Bengals were gifted the top-overall pick, and in turn, they brought in LSU’s phenom Joe Burrow.
Burrow will have elite talent to help him. Receivers like A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, John Ross III and several other threats will help make the rookie feel at home in the Queen City.
Arguably the team’s most lethal weapon will come from the backfield in Joe Mixon. Mixon led the AFC is rushing in 2018. While he took a step back last season, the team’s offensive line was a clear weakness that hurt Mixon’s upside.
With 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams back in action after missing all of last season, the Bengals should have a decent line, an elite receiving corps and elusiveness in the backfield. This team may not get to the postseason, but they’ll far from fold to solid AFC North opponents.
That said, their offense will be one of the most underrated in the entire league, and NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal agrees. Talking about teams that will have a “sneaky-good offense,” Rosenthal lists Cincinnati and their many threats, calling Mixon a top-five running back as well.
Rosenthal starts his segment by talking about how elite offenses need numerous weapons. He then dives into just how many Cincinnati has. He adds them up and counts seven. We’ve already mentioned all the players he noted outside of Geo Bernard and Auden Tate.
The Carolina Panthers and the Detroit Lions join the Bengals as the three teams that may have be putting points on the board this season. All three have drastically improved with Cincinnati potentially making the biggest leap forward of any other team in 2020.