The Cincinnati Bengals will appear to create their fifth straight postseason in 2015 and hopefully end their playoff drought once and for all. However, this can not be a straightforward road. The Bengals, who’d the seventh-easiest rout in 2014, are going to be facing the NFL’s 2nd -toughest schedule in the growing season to come. Here’s deeper look to their 2015 opponents, who’d a mixed .563 winning percentage last season.
Let’s begin with the Bengals’division opponents, each of which they’ll obviously play two times in 2015. The Cleveland Browns ended the 2014 season with a 7-9 record, showing major struggles by the end of the year. After starting the growing season 7-4, they proceeded to lose their last 5 games, putting the playoffs out of reach. Until they determine their QB situation, these struggles could continue in 2015.
The Steelers won the AFC North in 2014, going 11-5 on the season. In reality, the Bengals were swept by them. It definitely not going to work Bengals ‘favor they happen to be in arguably the NFL’s toughest division. They will need to determine a way to get a minumum of one win on the Steelers in 2010 in order to contend for the playoffs. After all, the street there doesn’t get any easier with one other teams they’ve to face.
The Ravens are my front-runners to win the AFC North in 2015, and they’ll be tough to beat. The Bengals swept them last year, but I don’t expect that to occur for a second straight season. Baltimore nabbed the ultimate playoff spot in 2014, after going 10-6 on the growing season, and fell just short of the AFC Championship game. They exceeded expectations, and I expect nothing less next season.
The Bengals will face the entire AFC West division in 2015, and this game contrary to the Raiders, who finished 3-13 last season, ought to be the easiest to win. Should they can’t defeat Oakland on the way, then the Bengals could maintain for a lengthy, grueling season. It’s games such as this that’ll be must-wins for them in 2015 if they’ve any shot at their fifth-straight postseason berth.
The Chiefs are a group on my radar for 2015. They have made huge strides in the last several years, and I do believe they is actually a playoff team next season. Those two teams have been quite evenly matched over time with the Bengals barely leading the all-time series 14-13. They’ll look to increase that lead in the home this coming year.
The Chargers just barely missed the playoffs in 2014, being defeated by the Chiefs in the final game of the normal season. Philip Rivers had an impressive year, and I expect that to carry on in 2015. The past time these teams met was in the Wild Card round of the playoffs following a 2013 season when the Chargers upset the Bengals 27-10, ending their season. I’m sure that will be in the trunk of the Bengals’minds heading into this matchup.
The Bengals defeated the Broncos in the home last season, 37-28, but they will face a tougher task in 2015 as they go Mile High to bring them on again. The Broncos is going to be run by way of a new coaching staff next season, led by Gary Kubiak, but I fully expect them be make another playoff run with Peyton Manning under center. This will be a difficult matchup for the Bengals.
The Bengals will undertake the Bills inside their only AFC East matchup next season. The Bills are another team that may fly beneath the radar and play well in 2015. Actually, they fell just shy of a playoff berth in 2014. They’ll now be beneath the reigns of Rex Ryan in 2015 to hopefully carry them to the next level. Regardless, on the basis of the Bengals’remaining schedule, this can be a game they need to win.
For the 2nd straight season, the Bengals will face the Texans, but this time around independently turf. They’d not a problem defeating the Texans in Houston last year, but this can be a team you can never take lightly with J.J. Watt on defense. Whilst the Texans lead the all-time series between both of these teams, 5-4, they have didn’t defeat the Bengals before three matchups.
The Bengals will face all the NFC West in 2015, with the simplest opponent being this very team. The Rams ended the 2014 season with a 6-10 record, last in the division, and the Bengals have won the past two head-to-head matchups dating back to 2007. While all signs indicate the Bengals coming out with a win in the home over the Rams, the unfamiliarity between both of these teams could play a factor.
The 49ers ended the 2014 season having an disappointing 8-8 record, missing the playoffs for the very first time in four years under Jim Harbaugh. They’ll now turn to Jim Tomsula to greatly help them reunite on the right track in 2015. The 49ers lead the all-time series by way of a wide margin, 11-3. Let’s see if the Bengals can start to close that gap a little next year.
The Cardinals had a fruitful 2014 season, ending having an 11-5 record and making their first playoff appearance since 2009. Unfortunately, after starting the growing season extremely strong, QB injuries got in the way and they started initially to fall off toward the latter the main season. I expect them ahead back strong in 2015 and play the Bengals well at home.
And finally, to fill up this already difficult schedule, we’ve the Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks, who have been one play shy of claiming their second straight Lombardi Trophy last season. Luckily the 12th man won’t be much of a factor in this game since the Bengals face them in the home, but the Seahawks will still be a really tough team to beat. This is actually a statement game for Cincinnati.