NFL Team Preview- Cincinnati Bengals

Here’s a look at the team preview for the Cincinnati Bengals:

Coaching Staff: 

  • Head Coach– Marvin Lewis
  • Offensive Coordinator–Bill Lazor
  • Defensive Coordinator– Teryl Austin
  • Special Teams– Darrin Simmons

ODDS TO WIN:

  • AFC Championship-50/1
  • Super Bowl- 100/1
  • Over/Under Win Totals- 6

Odds listed come from Bovada.

Last 4 Season Win Totals:

  • 2014- 10
  • 2015- 12
  • 2016- 6
  • 2017- 7

The Offense

Quarterbacks:

Andy Dalton is a winner. He has been to the Pro Bowl three times and to the playoffs four times. But lately, he has struggled a bot. He will be backed up by veteran Matt Barkley who Cincinnati signed to replace AJ McCarron.

Running Backs:

Joe Mixon is prepared to be a bona fide NFL star. He took the primary running back job away from Jeremy Hill. Hill left and now Giovani Bernard returns and has the ability to become a dual-threat option.

Receivers:

A.J. Green caught 75 passes which are decent but it was the least he has had since 2014. Brandon LaFell returns and his 2017 season was unspectacular. Tight end Tyler Kroft caught seven passes last year. This unit has all underperformed last year.

Offensive Linemen:

This unit needed a complete overhaul and management set out to do just that. Clint Boling comes back at left guard. Cordy Glenn was acquired from the Bills to play left tackle and centerBilly Price was the 21st pick in the NFL draft.

The Defense

Defensive Linemen:

Geno Atkins, a six-time Pro Bowler, is a very good interior pass rusher and Carl Lewis lines up on the edge and attacks the quarterback. Carlos Dunlap is a two-time All-Pro disrupter of the quarterback. Sam Hubbard joins this unit and was an early pick in the draft.

Linebackers:

Help is needed here but Preston Brown comes over from Buffalo on a one year contract and Nick Vigil along with Jordan Evens will get plenty of playing time. Veteran Vincent Ray returns and Malik Jefferson was selected in the draft to solidify this unit.

Secondary:

William Jackson III is a top-notch player and will be a bright spot in the secondary. Dre Kirkpatrick will be in the lineup to create havoc and Darqueze Dennard starred as a nickel corner in 2017. Tow corners were drafted to build depth to this squad

Special Teams

Randy Bullock missed just two field goals last year and returns for another season. Punter Kevin Huber performed well last year and long snapper Clark Harris was one of the best in the league. Kickoff returns will either Alex Erickson or Darius Phillips vying for the spot.

The Schedule

(all games Eastern time)

Preseason Schedule:
Thu Aug 9-  Chicago 7 p.m.
Sat Aug 18-  at Dallas 7 p.m.
Sat Aug 26-  at Buffalo 4 p.m.
Thu Aug 30- Indianapolis 7 p.m.

Regular Season:

Sept. 9 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sept. 13 vs. Baltimore Ravens 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)
Sept. 23 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sept. 30 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 7 vs. Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 14 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 21 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 28 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 4 BYE
Nov. 11 vs. New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 18 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. (CBS)
Nov. 25 vs. Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 2 vs. Denver Broncos 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 9 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 16 vs. Oakland Raiders 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. (CBS)

Other Information

President- Mike Brown

General Manager- Paul Brown

Website- www.bengals.com

Stadium- Paul Brown Stadium

Capacity- 65,515

Surface- Twenty-four/Seven

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