By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on August 5, 2014
The Cincinnati Bengals went 11-5 in 2013, won the AFC North and then lost to the San Diego Chargers in the Wild Card round. That loss was the first at home for the Bengals all season. Their first preseason game is at Kansas City on Thursday, Aug. 7. Here are 5 bold predictions for the Bengals in 2014.
His productivity has declined, but cap space is not an issue and Green-Ellis only has one year left on his contract. Reportedly the final RB roster spot is down to Rex Burkhead and Green-Ellis with rookie Jeremy Hill having already proven himself. Two other RB spots will go to Giovani Bernard and Cedric Peerman. It still doesn’t seem likely Green-Ellis is cut, because he can be used in short yardage situations and gives the Bengals insurance.
The Bengals first-round selection has the best fundamentals of any of the cornerbacks drafted this year. The Bengals also have Terence Newman and Adam Jones on their roster, but look for Dennard to continue to impress the coaching staff and take playing time away from Jones. Dennard will end up with enough playing time to lead the Bengals in interceptions in 2014.
Even though Cleveland should be improved this season, they will still finish last in the division. Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will all be in contention for the division title. It could be very interesting in Week 17 with Cleveland at Baltimore and Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. Look for Cincinnati to repeat as division champions with a record similar to last season (11-5) and the Steelers to be an AFC Wild Card.
The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990, as head coach Marvin Lewis is 0-5 in the playoffs while with the Bengals and QB Andy Dalton is 0-3. The Bengals have the talent to win in the postseason, but Dalton needs to minimize his mistakes. They have some weapons on offense and a really good defense (ranked fifth in 2013 in both passing yards and rushing yards allowed). 2014 is the season the Bengals finally win in the postseason again.
The Bengals have signed Dalton to a six-year extension worth $ 115 million. After being slated to make slightly less than $ 1.7 million in 2014, Dalton will make $ 22 million within the first six months of his new deal. This only guarantees Dalton he’ll be paid in 2014 and 2015. If he doesn’t perform the Bengals can cut ties with him easily after the 2015 season, but Dalton will win in the playoffs and prove he is worth the extension.
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