The Cincinnati Bengals finished with the worst record in the NFL at 2-14 last season. Their reward for an abject failure of a season is a shiny new quarterback, 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. Burrow joins an offense that includes Joe Mixon at running back and the returning A.J. Green at wide receiver. The Bengals also have Tyler Boyd, John Ross, and the newly-drafted Tee Higgins at Burrow's disposal.
Where does their win total stand after adding Burrow and Higgins in the draft? William Hill lists Cincinnati's over/under at five wins with -155 juice on the over.
The Bengals feel really good about their offseason, according to AllBengals reporter James Rapien.
All three levels of their defense should be much improved. They added Burrow, who they love, gave him plenty of weapons, and added to their offensive line, both in the draft and in free agency. Despite an eventful offseason full of moves, the Bengals know the work is just beginning.
The question is, can the Bengals find a way to six wins in an extremely tough AFC North. They may have their division's only losing record. I project the Bengals to finish right at five wins, so the posted total is a sharp number. Given the juice on the over, this is a stay away.
Stats to Know
- Cincinnati had the worst run defense in the league, leading to the most rushing attempts (504), rushing yards (2,383), and third-most rushing T.D.s (17) allowed.
- Their offense gave up five defense T.D.s, which ranked second behind the Bucs (7) and the Giants (5).
- The Bengals' R.B.s scored only four rushing touchdowns (30th) while gaining only 3.99 yards per rush.
- Joe Mixon gained 430 combined yards over his first eight games on 120 touches (3.58 yards per play). Over his final eight games, Mixon more than doubled his previous output (994 combined yards on 193 chances – 5.15 yard per touches), giving fantasy owners hope that he would truly be an RB1 in 2020.
- Cinci's offensive line gave up 48 sacks (7th most in the NFL).