2021 Season Preview: The Bengals drafted receiver Ja’Marr Chase to pair with fellow Louisiana State University star Joe Burrow, who was having a great rookie in 2020 before a knee injury ended his season. Burrow has the runners and receivers to succeed, but needs better blocking while he recovers. If the defense can keep games close, the Cincinnati offense has the ability to produce some fantastic finishes.
2020 Season Roundup: The Bengals went 4–11–1 and did not win two games in a row until after Christmas. The bright spot for Cincinnati fans was the play of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, who was on a record-setting pace before a knee injury ended his season in November. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins were his favorite targets. The team’s defense had trouble getting to the passer and gave up more than 400 points.
November 01, 2020: Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow led Cincinnati to an upset victory over the first-place Tennessee Titans, 31–20. Three starting linemen and a starting running back were out for the Bengals, making Burrow’s performance even more impressive.
September 17, 2020: Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 37 passes in a 35–30 loss to the Browns. Burrow broke a record for completions by an NFL rookie, which had been shared by Carson Wentz, Mark Bulger, and Chris Weinke.
2020 Season Preview: The 2020 season will probably go down in history as The Joe Burrow Show. The top college quarterback in 2019 is an early pick to win NFL Rookie of the Year. Even that may not get Cincinnati to .500. The team is moving in the right direction, however. The defensive line, led by Geno Atkins, is solid. But behind it there are a lot of question marks. The team is rebuilding its pass defense with free agents, which doesn’t always work.
2019 Season Roundup: The bad news for Bengals fans was a 2–14 record in 2019. The good news is that they get the first pick in the college draft in 2020. Running back Joe Mixon had his second 1,000-yard season in a row and Tyler Boyd led the team with 90 receptions. Sam Hubbard, Carlos Dunlap, and Geno Atkins were Cincinnati’s defensive standouts.
2019 Season Preview: Andy Dalton leads the Bengals into battle but with a new coach, Zac Taylor, calling the shots from the sidelines. Dalton will need more than AJ Green as a passing target, and he’ll also need Joe Mixon to repeat his great year at running back. The team did not make many moves during the off-season, so the defense will have to keep improving for Cincinnati to improve on its 2018 record.
2018 Season Roundup: The Bengals roster in 2018 looked like an emergency room. The team had to overcome injuries to key players week after week. They won six games and with a little luck could have been playoff contenders. Cincinnati’s offense played well most of the year, but the defense allowed more than 450 points. Joe Mixon, who ran for more than 1,000 yards, was among the players who picked up the slack. Other Bengals who had solid seasons included receivers John Ross and Tyler Boyd, as well as defensive stars Geno Atkins, Shawn Williams, and Carlos Dunlop.
2017 Season Roundup: The Bengals had a solid defense but struggled to score in 2017, which resulted in a 7–9 record. The combination of QB Andy Dalton and receivers A.J. Green and Tyler Kroft was the team’s main weapon. Geno Atki
2016 Season Roundup: The Bengals won just six times in 2016 compared to 12 victories the year before. They could easily have gone 12–4 again; their last five losses went down to the final whistle, and one game ended in a tie. Andy Green had a solid year at quarterback and A.J. Green was one of the NFL’s best receivers again.
December 6, 2015: Andy Dalton became just the second quarterback ever to pass for over 3,000 yards in each of his first 5 NFL seasons. Peyton Manning was the first.
September 2, 2014: Andy Dalton may not throw as often as other NFL quarterbacks, but when he does, he has two excellent targets in Marvin Jones and A.J. Green. The team’s running game, led by Giovani Bernard, is also solid. For Cincinnati, wins will be a matter of consistent defensive play. Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap anchor the defensive line, while rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard looks like an emerging leader in the secondary.
December 29, 2013: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict had 14 tackles in a victory over the Ravens to finish as the NFL leader with 171 tackles.
September 4, 2013: After two trips to the playoffs, the Bengals seem ready to become one of the top young clubs in the AFC. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green will continue to make plays for the offense, while the Cincinnati pass rush creates chaos in opponents’ backfields. A lot of rookies figure to make an impact for the Bengals this year, including running back Giovani Bernard and tight end Tyler Eifert.
February 2, 2013: The young Bengals had a great year, going 10–6 to win the AFC North title. Receivers A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham had Pro Bowl seasons, running back Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis topped 1,000 yards, and Andy Dalton tossed 27 TD passes. Cincinnati’s season ended in the playoffs with a narrow loss to the Texans.
Summer, 2012: Young stars A.J. Green and Andy Dalton helped the Bengals surprise everyone and make the playoffs in 2011. Their teammates proved their toughness by making several great comebacks during the year. In 2012, Cincinnati must keep moving forward, especially in the passing game.