Cincinnati Bengals’ Schedule 2014: Predicting the Outcome of Every Game

2014 Game Predictions

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Now that the Cincinnati Bengals' 2014 schedule has been released, it is time to start obsessing over dissecting the upcoming season. Taking a look at each opponent with their current pre-draft roster, let's reveal our predictions for the 2014 Bengals' schedule.

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Week 1: at Baltimore Ravens

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Week 1: at Baltimore Ravens

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PREDICTION: 24-21 Ravens

Starting the season against a division rival is tough, but look for Cincinnati to show an improved running attack.

Week 2: vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Week 2: vs. Atlanta Falcons

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PREDICTION: 31-21 Bengals

The Bengals' defense will face a healthy Roddy White and Julio Jones, but the Atlanta defense should be easily exploited.

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans

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Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans

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PREDICTION: 20-13 Bengals

No Chris Johnson and question marks under center should provide ample opportunities for the aggressive Bengals defense.

Week 4: Bye

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It isn't always beneficial for a team to have a bye week this early in the season, and the Bengals will need the extra week to prepare for their Week 5 game.

Week 5: at New England Patriots

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Week 5: at New England Patriots

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PREDICTION: 28-17 Patriots

Tom Brady will be out in search of revenge following Mike Zimmer's 2013 defensive dismantling of the Hall of Fame quarterback.

Week 6: vs. Carolina Panthers

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Week 6: vs. Carolina Panthers

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PREDICTION: 13-10 Bengals

Can the Bengals score points against this daunting Carolina defense? It will be a big test for Andy Dalton and Hugh Jackson's offense.

Week 7: at Indianapolis Colts

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Week 7: at Indianapolis Colts

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PREDICTION: 27-24 Bengals

Expect to see Jackson and the Bengals pound away with the running game to set the tone early and often against Indianapolis. Also be on the lookout for a great deal of Bengal blitzes against a poor Indy offensive line.

Week 8: vs. Baltimore Ravens

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Week 8: vs. Baltimore Ravens

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PREDICTION: 19-16 Bengals

This will be a revenge game for the Bengals for losing the season opener. While the team focused on the run game in game one, look for the offense to attack the aging Baltimore defense through the air the second time around.

Week 9: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Week 9: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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PREDICTION: 28-10 Bengals

Don't sleep on Jacksonville. This game has all of the makings of a "trap game" on the Bengals' schedule. It could be very enticing for Bengals to mail this one in following tough games against the Patriots, Panthers, Colts and Ravens.

Week 10: vs. Cleveland Browns

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Week 10: vs. Cleveland Browns

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PREDICTION: 21-17 Bengals

The Browns are improving, but they aren't quite there yet. Losing to the Browns is something the Bengals cannot afford to let happen, and you can bet Marvin Lewis will have this team focused.

Week 11: at New Orleans Saints

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Week 11: at New Orleans Saints

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PREDICTION: 35-27 Saints

This will prove to be a tough match-up for Cincinnati and could be a game, if won, that may propel the Bengals to the next level of success.

Week 12: at Houston Texans

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Week 12: at Houston Texans

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PREDICTION: 14-10 Bengals

Houston is not as bad as their record may have led many to believe last year. The team still has Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and a strong defense. This will be a battle of the defenses with the Bengals edging out the Texans late.

Week 13: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Week 13: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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PREDICTION: 23-14 Bengals

Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins will be looking to prove their contract-worth in their first game against their former team. However, the inexperience and lack of a deep roster will cause Tampa Bay to fall short.

Week 14: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Week 14: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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PREDICTION: 16-13 Steelers

Pittsburgh looked like a completely different team during the second half of 2013 as opposed to the beginning of the year. The Steelers could easily be a sleeper team in the 2014 season and will come out strong against the Bengals.

Week 15: at Cleveland Browns

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Week 15: at Cleveland Browns

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PREDICTION: 27-21 Bengals

Playing in Cleveland will prove a tougher task for the Bengals than the game in Cincinnati. However, the Bengals will escape the Dawg Pound with a win thanks to a late-game touchdown from Dalton.

Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos

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Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos

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PREDICTION: 38-27 Broncos

Facing the reigning AFC Champions, the Bengals will look to take the next step into "elite" status. It will be an uphill battle as they face, arguably, the most stacked team in the AFC.

Week 17: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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Week 17: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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PREDICTION: 24-23 Steelers

Ending the season on a two-game losing streak would be a tough battle for the Bengals; no one wants to enter the playoffs with that type of momentum. Expect this Heinz Field match-up to be a dogfight.

REGULAR SEASON PREDICTION: 10-6


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