The 2021 NFL schedule is finally here. We already knew who the Cincinnati Bengals would be playing in 2021, but finally seeing when they will play each team is still pretty exciting.
Cincinnati has a lot of things going for them in 2021. They have plenty of new players who may be circling games on the schedule. We will also get to see how Joe Burrow’s Bengals stacks up against some stiff competition in his second year facing some tough teams.
Here are how the Bengals’ fans reacted to the schedule coming out.
One thing that comes with analyzing the schedule release is figuring out where road trips fit in with the schedule. That can be an issue at some point with several road games getting clustered where a team can bounce around the country. Fans also get a good idea when they will be facing up against some of the bigger name teams. It seems like this year will be a bit of good news and bad news on that front.
First glance: The power portion of this schedule is backloaded bigtime. That means a lot of those high-profile home games coming in the final portion of the season. Bengals need to make things happen early to make those matter.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 12, 2021
Notable: #Bengals leave Cincinnati only three times over the final 10 weeks of the season.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 12, 2021
Fun fact: The last QB to beat Joe Burrow in college? Kellen Mond, the Minnesota Vikings' third-round pick and presumed back-up to Kirk Cousins. Bengals host the Vikings on Week 1.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) May 12, 2021
Poor Trae Waynes. His revenge game in Week 1 is like a distant third or fourth on the list of stuff headlining the opener.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) May 12, 2021
if they're bad again, another dead cat bounce against those final 3 teams would be monumentally impressive. https://t.co/Xo9ddrMXfw— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) May 12, 2021
Lack of primetime
Despite having one of the biggest names as far as young quarterbacks goes, the Bengals are still staring down one real primetime game in 2021. That comes as the mandatory Thursday Night Football game that pretty much every team ends up getting scheduled for. There is always a chance that Cincinnati could see one of its later games flexed into a prime time game but it is disappointing to have to hope for that.
Disappointing! I see so many mediocre teams on that schedule. I realize @JoeyB got hurt last year but big things coming from @Bengals. Don't jump on the bandwagon because we don't want you. https://t.co/Fz6g1K5NSN— Gary Fields (@gtfields) May 13, 2021
If you like your football on Sunday at 1 p.m., this #Bengals schedule is for you.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 12, 2021
Predictions, prediction and more predictions
Every fan’s first reaction when looking at their favorite team’s schedule is to try and see how many wins the team will have that year. It is obviously way too soon to have an accurate idea for any of that. Things can change so quickly in the NFL and so many teams will be worse than expected and better than expected. It still helps pass the time till we actually have more meaningful things to discuss.
5 win floor, 8 win ceiling. T-6 strength of schedule gonna make it down the stretch.— reece (@footballcookies) May 13, 2021
Those last four games is the NFL making sure there’s no way the Bengals get to .500. Having the 6th strongest strength of schedule is absorb. Oh well. I believe in Burrow.— Dr. Perky (@BengalsLoyalist) May 13, 2021
9-8 for the Bengals— Kai♨️ (@bigballerkai) May 12, 2021
- Packers game is a W if Aaron isn’t there
- Easy away schedule, hard home schedule
- I’m probably being generous for a few of these games but who cares
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This is the first time I’ve ever looked at a Bengals schedule and felt confident that they’re going to win a good amount of games lol the NFC North is terrible, especially if Rodgers doesn’t stay in GB. Thats a solid 3-4 wins just getting to play against that division lol— Brian Blakeley (@_BrianBlakeley) May 12, 2021
This Bengals schedule is toughhhh.— Classy Courtney (@courtney_classy) May 12, 2021
This year, when I see the #Bengals schedule, I just insert the word "beat" wherever I see the word "play."— Dr. Hodgie the Electric Smodgie (@hodgiesmodgie) May 12, 2021
Bengals beat the Vikings, Week One, and so forth