Cincinnati Bengals: Three Bold Predictions for 2018
The Cincinnati Bengals failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Bengals offense, led by quarterback Andy Dalton, was one of the worst in the NFL. Then offensive coordinator Ken Zampese was fired early in the season and replaced by Bill Lazor. For the Cincinnati Bengals to make the playoffs in 2018, the offense will have to improve greatly. They need a healthy John Ross and Tyler Eifert to go along with a re-tooled offensive line to do it. Can the Cincinnati Bengals do it?
- Joe Mixon goes for over 1400 scrimmage yards
Joe Mixon struggled at times a year ago. The offense was not set up for him to succeed. It did not play to his strengths. The offensive line being complete garbage (exception of Clint Boling) did not help, either. Enter the 2018 offseason. Cincinnati acquired left tackle Cordy Glenn in a trade with the Buffalo Bills and drafted center Billy Price in round one. This should help the offensive line get more athletic and cater to the skill set of Mixon. He showed flashes a year ago of a patient runner and an excellent receiver. All traits he showed at Oklahoma as well. A 1000-yard rushing and a 400-yard receiving season are not out of the question.
- The Bengals defense will finish in Top-5 in the NFL in sacks
The Cincinnati Bengals have a multitude of pass rushers that would make most teams jealous. Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins are perennial Pro Bowl types. Carl Lawson emerged as a rookie as a potential double-digit sack artist with limited snaps. I expect second-year man Jordan Willis to emerge this season, as well. Michael Johnson seemed to get new life as an inside nickel pass rusher. Rookie 5th-round pick Andrew Brown offers excellent interior rush potential. All in all, I think the Bengals will be a leading team in sacks in 2018. The main argument against this is if the offense is playing from behind in most games.
- The Bengals fail to make the playoffs in 2018 and Marvin Lewis is fired at year’s end
I think the Bengals will finish the season 8-8 or 9-7 and fail to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season. I would like to believe this would be enough ammunition for owner Mike Brown to finally cut the cord on Marvin Lewis. Lewis has been the head ball coach in Cincinnati since 2003 and has yet to notch a playoff win. In all honesty, they should have made the move this offseason but Mike Brown fears change. He has the smallest gonads of any owner in the league. If the Bengals do not make the playoffs this year, Marvin Lewis HAS…TO…GO!
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