Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict sacks Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016. The result of that day surely will not repeat itself either time Cincinnati plays Pittsburgh this season.
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Expert (of sorts): Bengals face NFL’s easiest schedule, lining up to run table

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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