There is good news for the Bengals even before they finish their first training camp practice, as it has been learned that they will play the NFL’s easiest schedule.
At least that’s what some numbers-cruncher from ESPN is suggesting.
Mike Clay, whose Twitter handle @MikeClayNFL reads, “ESPN Fantasy Football/NFL/Projection guy,” has a methodology, and it’s somewhere on his feed but not so easy to find.
Whatever the case, this surely registers as a most positive omen for the Bengals as they seek to return to the playoffs after missing out last season following a five-year postseason run.
They open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the Ravens. Here’s some other guy’s projection on how that game and the rest of Cincinnati’s schedule will go with a not-as-fancy-but-easier-to-understand chart.
Date Opponent Result Analysis
Sept. 10 Ravens Win Obviously; Flacco may not even play
Sept. 14 Texans Win Won’t be humid enough for Houston
Sept. 24 @Packers Win Rodgers is a flash in the pan
Oct. 1 @Browns Win Cincy will break hearts in The ‘Land
Oct. 8 Bills Win Buffalo need open plains
Oct. 22 @Steelers Win Unless Pittsburgh cheats again
Oct. 29 Colts Win Indy doesn’t have enough Luck
Nov. 5 @Jaguars Win An early holiday for good guys
Nov. 12 @Titans Win Teeny Titans don’t measure up
Nov. 19 @Broncos Win Denver will feel like Death Valley
Nov. 26 Browns Win Amazing the NFL ordered rematch
Dec. 4 Steelers Win We own Monday nights
Dec. 10 Bears Win Windy City is all hot air
Dec. 17 @Vikings Win This’ll be an easy plunder
Dec. 24 Lions Win Detroit, don’t Eve-n think about it
Dec. 31 @Ravens Win A finish like the start
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