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2021 Cincinnati Bengals Preview



Head Coach: Zac Taylor

2020

Record: 4-11-1

2020 started off on such a good note for the Bengals…. no one was going to mistake them for a playoff team, but rookie Joe Burrows was lighting it up, dropping 300 yard games like it was nothing, RB Joe Mixon was finally coming into his own, and the Concinnati was competitive again. The Mixon went down. Burrows followed soon after. And the Bungles were back.

2021

1-5, WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU

2-46 T Jackson Carman, Clemson

3-69 DE Joseph Ossai, Texas

4-111 DE Cameron Sample, Tulane

4-122 NT Tyler Shelvin, LSU

4-139  T D’Ante Smith, East Carolina

5-149 K Evan McPherson, Florida

6-190 C Trey Hill, Georgia

6-20 RB Chris Evans, Michigan

7-235 DE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State

The Bengals could have had a top line O-lineman with their first pick, but they chose Chase, which may not be a bad move. He and Burrows did team up for a National Title at LSU, and in the NFL chemistry is everything. They basically stocked the lines with most of the rest of their draft, which they needed.

Key Pick Ups

Riley Reiff – OT (from Vikings)

Trey Hendrickson – DE (from Saints)

Chidobe Awuzie – CB (from Cowboys)

All three of these will have an immediate impact.

Key Losses

A.J. Green – WR (to Cardinals)

Carl Lawson – DE (to Jets)

William Jackson – CB (to Football Team)

Geno Atkins – DT (FA)

The D will miss Lawson and Jackson. Green is gone, but there is enough talent at WR to fill the hole.

Offense

Offensive Coordinator: Brian Callahan

2020 Points Scored: 311 (29th)

With Burrow Mixon back, the Bengals are looking to pick up where they left off when they were hurt last year. The O-line should be a bit better, and the top 3 receivers are good enough that Cincinnati will be competitive again, although depth beyond that…. well, none of them had better get hurt.

Defense

Defensive Coordinator: Lou Anarumo

2020 Points Allowed: 424 (22nd)

This is still a young D. The pass rush will be better, but much will hinge on how the young players behind them improve in 2021.

Special Teams

One thing the Bengals are perennially good at is special teams. It makes sense… what team gets more practice? 2021 could be a bit of a mystery, though, ans they may well end up with rookies starting at both kicker and punter.

If Things Go Well

Burrow, Mixon, and the WRs all stay healthy, and the D continues to improve. Playoff aspirations are a bit much, but the improvement continues.

If They Don’t

If Burrow gets hurt again… not unrealistic with that O line… it’ll be another typical Bengals year. If the D doesn’t improve, or the receivers under perform… he may struggle as well. Just as bad.

Prediction

The potential is there, but a lot of things need to go right for Cincinnati to win more than a few games.

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Date Opponent
Saturday
Aug. 14
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Friday
Aug. 20
at Washington Football Team 
Sunday
Aug. 29
Miami Dolphins 
Sunday
Sep. 12
Minnesota Vikings
Sunday
Sep. 19
at Chicago Bears
Sunday
Sep. 26
at Pittsburgh Steelers
Thursday
Sep. 30
Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday
Oct. 10
Green Bay Packers
Sunday
Oct. 17
at Detroit Lions
Sunday
Oct. 24
at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday
Oct. 31
at New York Jets
Sunday
Nov. 7
Cleveland Browns
Sunday
Nov. 14
BYE
Sunday
Nov. 21
at Las Vegas Raiders
Sunday
Nov. 28
Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday
Dec. 5
Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday
Dec. 12
San Francisco 49ers
Sunday
Dec. 19
at Denver Broncos
Sunday
Dec. 26
Baltimore Ravens
Sunday
Jan. 2
Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday
Jan. 9
at Cleveland Browns
2021 Cincinnati Football Schedule

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