Going into the 2018 season, we take a look at the Atlanta Falcons schedule and pick the four easiest games the Falcons play this year.
No. 4: The Cinncinati Bengals
The Cinncinati Bengals feel like a team that is trending down. When the Cleveland Browns have better players and a better coaching staff, you know your team messed up.
Andy Dalton, the former TCU quarterback, current Bengals quarterback does little to cause opposing teams to fear the Bengals. Dalton is known as a limited passer that struggles to have back-to-back great performances together. Last season, Dalton failed to reach the 60 percent completion percentage that most people believe to be a requirement to run an NFL offense.
For offensive skill players, the Bengals have wide receivers John Ross and superstar receiver A.J. Green. However, because of the talent playing quarterback, Cincinnati’s receivers are not able to play up to their potential.
The Bengals have a stable of running backs but none of them are of the caliber of Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, or Tevin Coleman. Joe Mixon, the second year back from Oklahoma looks like the player to have the best chance at reaching a 1000 rushing yards.
Defensively, this Bengals team is old along the defensive line and is not athletically elite at the linebacker position. Bengals defensive back William Jackson looks to be a superstar in the making, but his time is not now.
Just a few seasons ago, the Bengals were a popular Super Bowl dark horse. Now, this is a team that keeps pushing off the inevitable rebuild.