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2015 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule | Season Handicapping Picks

2015 NFL Football- Bengals Analysis

The Bengals got the rough end of the stick when it comes to their 2015 NFL Schedule. Already having to deal with the Steelers and Ravens within their division, their non division schedule features many playoff contenders and tough road contests.

Bengals Odds

Bengals Odds to Win the 2016 Super Bowl: 35/1
Bengals Odds to Win the 2015-16 AFC North: +220
Bengals Odds to Win the 2015-16 AFC Conference: 18/1
Bengals Over/Under 2015 Win Total: 8.5
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Cincinnati had their moments last season when they looked like a well oiled machine and couldn’t be stopped on the ground or through the air. Then they featured times like the game against Cleveland on Thursday night where their offense sat at negative yards and their defense collapsed nearly every play.

Health will play a big role for the Bengals. The team’s offensive attack was at it’s best obviously when Andy Dalton had AJ Green healthy and out wide. If Green can stay healthy, Cincinnati should be in contention.

Lets break down their 2015 schedule with predictions.

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, at Oakland, 4:35 p.m.

Like every team heading into Week 1, the fan base and players believe this is their year. That’s typically the mentality with Oakland. Starting off the season on the road isn’t anything to enjoy, but Oakland really is a lifeless team.

Cincinnati should have no problem here as they start the season off 1-0.

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, San Diego, 1 p.m.

The Bengals return home for their home opener against a tough Chargers team.

San Diego finished 9-7 last season and was really led by their defensive charge. They ranked 9th overall and 4th against the pass. This won’t be easy for Cincinnati by any means, but they can take this one because of the home field. Bengals get to 2-0.

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

The Bengals hit the road once again to take on divisional rival Baltimore. The Ravens are a tough team at home and led by Joe Flacco have such a dangerous passing attack. This is Baltimore’s home opener as well.

With that, Cincinnati will have a tough time with the crowd amped up and ultimately fall to 2-1 with a loss here.

Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, Kansas City, 1 p.m.

The Bengals log some air miles as they return home for a battle with the playoff contending Chiefs. Kansas City used their dominant defense en route to their 9 wins last season. Ranking 7th overall and 2nd in pass yards allowed, Kansas City swarmed teams.

The two teams haven’t met since 2012.

Kansas City should shut down the Bengals and Dalton here, pushing them to 2-2.

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, Seattle, 1 p.m.

Another tough home game for the Bengals here. The near Superbowl Champions are in town.

The Seahawks are a much more physical and faster team than Cincinnati. Expect Marshawn Lynch to have a huge game here en route to a Seahawks win.

Cincinnati falls below .500 to 2-3.

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 18, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

This will be a crucial one for Cincinnati. After struggling through their first 5 games a win before the bye week could set the tone for the rest of the season.

Games at Buffalo are never easy for visiting teams, but Cincinnati is experienced enough to grab a win here.

The Bengals go to 3-3 and head into the bye week at the .500 mark.

Week 7: BYE

Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Road conference games are always challenging. To compete in the division, these will be the types of games the Bengals need to win.

Even with the bye week giving them extra time to prepare, Pittsburgh is still a step above the Bengals.

Cinci falls to 3-4 with a loss against the Steelers.

Week 9: Thursday, Nov. 5, Cleveland, 8:25 p.m.

Revenge has to be on the mind here for this Thursday night game. In 2014, the Bengals were absolutely embarrassed on Thursday Night Football by the Browns in Cincinnati.

After a tough game in Pittsburgh, the Bengals return home for a big win.

Back to .500 at 4-4.

Week 10: Monday, Nov. 16, Houston, 8:30 p.m.

With a Thursday game in Week 9 and a Monday Night home game in Week 10, the extra time will be pivotal as the Bengals head down the stretch of the season.

These two met in 2014 and the Bengals defense was swarming and dominant against the Texas. Houston just doesn’t have enough to get a big road primetime win here.

Cincinnati goes to 5-4.

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Week 11 and Week 12 could be the most important games for Cincinnati. With the potential of being in the midst of a playoff race they’ll start themselves off in this 2 week span at Arizona.

The Cardinals had plenty of injuries they dealt with in 2014 and will be rejuvenated in 2015. The Bengals will struggle here and fall in this one.

Back down to .500 at 5-5.

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, St. Louis, 1 p.m.

Regardless how Weeks 9-11 go, this is an absolute must win regardless.

The Bengals get a home chance at St. Louis, but this game could take on a lot of toughness depending how Nick Foles settles into the Rams’ offense. If he succeeds, he’ll be well developed to the slower paced offense by Week 12.

Still, Cincinnati knows the situation here and grabs a win.

The Bengals go to 6-5.

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

By this time, Cleveland has no clue who their starting QB will be. That being said, the Browns tend to play much better at home and will fein on getting a chance to ruin the Bengals playoff hopes.

Cincinnati falls in the Battle of Ohio and goes to 6-6.

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

In another MUST win situation regardless, if the Bengals want any chance at the division title they need to beat Pittsburgh at home. This could be a potential look ahead situation too as they have back to back primetime games in San Francisco and Denver coming up.

With that looming in the balance the Bengals know they have to win this and do in the end.

The AFC North gets a lot more interesting as Cinci moves to 7-6.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 20, at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m.

You can imagine the frustration Cincinnati must be feeling here. A road game in San Francisco is never easy, let alone in primetime. These two teams haven’t met since 2011, but San Francisco will be fighting for playoff positioning and should take this one here.

The Bengals go to 7-7 as they continue to go back and forth at the .500 mark.

Week 16: Monday, Dec. 28, at Denver, 8:30 p.m.

This one will ultimately eliminate the Bengals. Primetime once again, but in Denver is of course a challenge at Mile High.

Peyton Manning could be making his final statement in the league in front of the Monday Night audience and should pick apart Cinci here. This game will eliminate the Bengals from AFC North contention.

Cincinnati falls to 7-8.

Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, Baltimore, 1 p.m.

The NFL is unpredictable and an 8-8 record has proven to be a playoff record at times. That being said, Cincinnati will have to deal with a AFC North contending Baltimore team in the season finale.

The Bengals just aren’t strong enough to win games like this and will likely run into a determined Ravens squad.

The Bengals fall at home and finish at 7-9.

More than likely the Bengals will be watching the playoffs from home at just 7-9. The key for them will be to win games from Week 9- Week 12. With back-to-back primetime games and then coming home to play Baltimore to finish the season, it just isn’t going to be fun for them.

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