Originally Posted by izzy's dad
Keep in mind that the Bengals play and amazingly easy schedule this year. If they can get back to running the ball with authority, playing solid defense, and cut down the turnovers they can win 8-9 games. I really like the Manny Lawson addition, and I think the offensive line will improve upon it's play last year. Green and Simpson are proving in camp that they can make plays. If Dalton can take care of the ball, and Benson stays healthy I see a team that will be much improved from a year ago.
I like your optimism. Their schedule is easy. I think you'll see Marvin Lewis in a more comfortable place no TOCHO show and no longer making excuses for the Brat. Could be an opportunity for him to truly have a "team" environment instead of stars and rest of the team.
I think they'll get killed by the Steelers and the Ravens (unless they just get a few bounces their way). However, other team's defenses won't have a ton of film to go on. Dalton is new; Gruden is new.
Optimistically... 8 wins, likely 6 to 7. With a few injuries, 3 to 5.