I ain't afraid of no ghost!!
If there's something strange in your neighborhood who are you going to call, Ghostbusters.
So many fans don't believe that the Bengals can make the playoffs this year with the hard schedule they have. I'm going to predict that they lead the division with a 12-4 record. Here at Bengals Jungle I am the only one that has made this prediction. So to bust the ghost I am going to tell you why.
First off, let's talk about team improvement. I believe the biggest improvement will be our rookie running back. Giovani Bernard is a type of running back that we haven't had here since Chris Perry. And although Perry didn't work out in the long run he did improve the team in 2005. He was someone who had the speed to get outside the tackles and able to catch screen passes. Bernard is the same type of back. Like in 2005 with Rudi Johnson we have our work horse running back in Green Ellis. Our running back position now has a one two punch.
Before draft. I said that the Bengals would not draft a wide receiver at the top of the draft. I believed like the Bengals believed that we had our starting wide receivers already on the team..
Marvin Jones is able to play outside and stretch the field. Sanu is the perfect slot receiver, is tough while blocking and while catching the ball. With AJ Green we have the tools we need at wide receiver. So there was no need to draft a wide receiver early. We just needed taller wide receivers for depth.
Next improvement was adding a tight end. Not necessarily a need, but we picked up Tyler Eifert in the first round that improves our options on offense. With Gresham, Charles, and Eifert. We now have the option to go 2 or 3 TE set. Which is an advantage over teams with small defensive backs.
In two years the Bengals have improved the offense by 100%. The Bengals have the option of now playing a fast pace speed football game or a slow beat the other team down football game. The unit I did not mention was the offensive line. Although the line has question marks. It should be much better with a year of experience for three starters that play last year.
We had a top 10 defense last year. So I am not going to break that down, but it should improve also.
Now to schedule. First I'm going to list the teams with the same or better record than the Bengals last year. They are the Bears, Packers, Patriots, Ravens, Colts and Vikings. Three of those teams had exact same record. One was the Super Bowl champs from our division. So let's start with the Ravens. I believe the Bengals will be better than the Ravens this year. The Ravens loss their top three linebackers and their top two safeties. That is a lot to lose on one unit. Plus they lost their top receiver. Bengals may just sweep the AFC North division.
The Bears. Although they had 10-6 record only beat two teams with a winning record. The Colts and the Vikings. The Vikings beat San Francisco, Houston, and split with Green Bay and Chicago. Green Bay that was Chicago and Minnesota and beat Houston. New England beat Houston, Denver and Indianapolis. The Bengals beat Redskins Giants and Ravens. So when I look at all the winning teams that we play this year. Our record against winning teams is just as good as all of them but Minnesota. So I will stick by my prediction and say the Bengals win the division with a 12-4 record.
I ain't afraid of no ghosts.