Cincinnati Bengals 2014 Schedule: 5 Games That Will Define Season

5 Games That Will Define Cincinnati Bengals' 2014 Season

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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The defending AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs in four out of the past five seasons, but they face numerous strong teams in tough games this year. Since they placed first in the AFC North, Cincinnati has to play two teams that finished first in their respective divisions as well as the teams in the AFC South and NFC South. Since Cincinnati has such a difficult schedule this year, the AFC North could be up for grabs.

5. Week 1 @ Baltimore

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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5. Week 1 @ Baltimore

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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The Bengals start their season off with an away game in Baltimore; the Bengals, however, have not won a game in Baltimore since 2009. The Ravens have shown signs of improvement, and although they won't have Ray Rice, they could easily win this game. If the Bengals win this matchup, they would have good momentum going into Week 2 and Week 3 when they will play Atlanta and Tennessee at Paul Brown Stadium, where they were undefeated last year.

4. Week 5 @ New England (Sunday Night Football)

Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and Julian Edelman, New England Patriots wide receiver
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4. Week 5 @ New England (Sunday Night Football)

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The Bengals beat the Patriots in Paul Brown Stadium last year, however, this game will be held in Foxborough, where the Patriots were undefeated last year. This will be Cincinnati's first game after their Week 4 Bye, and they will need to win in order to gain momentum moving towards the rest of the season. Although the Patriots will be heavily favored, anything can happen on Sunday night.

3. Week 10 vs. Cleveland (Thursday Night Football)

Wallace Gilberry, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end and Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns quarterback
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3. Week 10 vs. Cleveland (Thursday Night Football)

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The Browns have been the joke of the AFC North for years now, but they loom as a potential threat late in the Bengals' 2014 season. Sure, the Bengals were undefeated at home last year, but the Browns could take this one from the Bengals. In fact, the Bengals have split the series with the Browns for the past two years. The last time the Browns played in Cincinnati, Jason Campbell was behind center; now he will likely hold the clipboard for Cincy.

2. Week 16 vs. Denver (Monday Night Football)

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2. Week 16 vs. Denver (Monday Night Football)

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback and Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle
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If the Bengals lose a game in Paul Brown Stadium this year, it will likely be to the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning absolutely tore up the league last year, proving that age is just a number. The Bengals will likely be in a close playoff race with Pittsburgh and/or Baltimore come Week 16, and this will be a crucial game to win. If the Bengals want to win, they will have to sack Manning all game long and avoid turning the ball over on offense.

1. Week 17 @ Pittsburgh

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1. Week 17 @ Pittsburgh

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Bengals' two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers are by far their most important games of the season. The race for the AFC North will be a tight one, and these two teams will likely battle it out in Week 17 for the division crown. The Bengals have previously struggled against the Steelers, and Cincinnati needs to make sure that they win at least one of their two games against Pittsburgh in the final four weeks of their season.

Connor Howe is a Cincinnati Bengals writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @CHoweSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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