I guess one way to try and forget a bad season is to look ahead to the next one, so...
This was touched on in another thread a couple of weeks ago, but now that the final two opponents have been determined and final season records are known, I thought it deserved a thread of its own.
New England (12-4)
New York Jets (10-6)
St Louis (8-8)
San Francisco (7-9)
Kansas City (9-7)
New England comes back to town as part of the AFC East - AFC North head-to-head matchup. This year they came because both they and the Bengals finished in first place in their respective divisions.
The Bengals also must travel to Kansas City for the second year in a row, because both they and the Chefs finished in second place in their divisions. This year they played as part of the AFC North - AFC West head-to-head.
It's very difficult to know who's going to be tough from year-to-year, of course, but on paper, this schedule doesn't look as tough as the 2006 one did. That being said, I wouldn't be shocked by a loss at any one of those road teams, and these Bengals have shown that they can lose at home with the best of 'em, so I think this shapes up as a very difficult season to predict. Parity seemed more prevalent than ever this year, or so it seemed.