Re: How many games will the Bengals win this year?
Of course, for all the talk that the Bengals have a hard schedule because of some of the teams on it, those teams' schedules have gotten a bit harder with the Bengals on it.
Look at it this way. Every season, some teams that everyone thought were good will fall down a few notches and miss the playoffs. Some teams who nobody has given a shot will surprise and snatch one of those playoff spots. The question is whether the Bengals will be one of those teams that continues to excel or will it take a few steps back? Imagine what would happen to Pittsburgh if Roethlesburger and Polamalu suffer major injuries.
I think the Bengals will do well because they have a lot of young talent on the team, which is now young talent with big game experience. By winning in Pittsburgh last year, they showed everyone that they can go on the road and win a big one in a hostile environment. They have a top-notch offense and a young defense that has added some key veterans, and once they start playing football, all those off-the-field issues will fall into the background (Well, until Henry does something stupid again).
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