The AllBengals Workforce Offers Our Predictions for the 2021 Cincinnati Bengals


CINCINNATI – The Bengals start the 2021 season against the Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. Joe Burrow is healthy, Tee Higgins seems to have taken a step forward and this defense has many new faces.

Will this team take a big leap after just six wins in the last two seasons?

Get predictions from each of our contributors below.

Elise Jesse, AllBengals Insider

Record prediction: 7-10

Explanation: The Cincinnati Bengals are in a position where victory is an absolute must. Head coach Zac Tayor has completely flipped the roster and his future depends on a successful season. Knowing this, Taylor and Co. have added to the draft and free agency list to add some juice to the passing game with Burrow’s College teammate Ja’Marr Chase.

Have the Bengals gotten better this off-season? Yes sir. But also the rest of the AFC North. Those six games will make up 35% of the Cincinnati record and just being competitive is just not going to be enough this year. It’s time for a team desperately trying to turn this losing franchise into one that has a chance in the playoffs.

Knowing that Cincinnati’s schedule is one of the toughest in the NFL doesn’t bode well for a track record in my opinion, but 2021 may serve as a launch pad for future success.

Their schedule, the brutal AFC North and the fact that this team is very young are all reasons the Bengals finish this season 7-10.

For those of you wondering how long Taylor will keep his job, the seat is hot, but watch out for patterns. The front office will not make any significant changes unless fan attendance drops with losses. Attendance is key and has made this front office change in the past.

Russ Heltman, AllBengals Contributor

Record prediction: 9-8

Explanation: There are no more excuses for the Bengali. Head coach Zac Taylor has the team he wants and it’s time to win third year. Cincinnati has a difficult schedule and is among the ten toughest in the NFL, but their travel schedule should alleviate some of that pain. The Bengals cover the fourth fewest net travel miles of any team in the NFL.

Average health happiness hasn’t been on the agenda since 2015, but the tides have to change during one of these seasons. They spent the money to secure their defenses while also bragging about one of the AFC North’s most diverse offensive weapons. The five-year series of record losses ends in 2021.

Nicole Zembrodt, AllBengals contributor

Record prediction: 8-9

Explanation: The Bengals must play winnable games in the early part of the season. They end the season with tough duels against AFC West. They also play each AFC North team once (Browns twice) on the track.

This team can surprise people if they manage to stay healthy and keep Burrow up. The offense has to collect a lot of points this season and find a better balance between passing and running play.

Blake Jewell, AllBengals contributor

Record prediction: 8-9

Explanation: Eight wins might seem steep for a team with just four wins, but the Bengals added key players like Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton, Riley Reiff and Trey Hendrickson. The team also missed Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, DJ Reader and CJ Uzomah for most of last season. With seasoned key veterans, some talented rookies, offensive line coach Frank Pollack and health, this team could turn some of those losses into wins this season.

Mike Santagata, AllBengals film analyst

Record prediction: 7-10

Explanation: It is strange to predict the record now with 17 games, but this team feels like a young up-and-coming squad who will give hope for the next year. The Bengals look like they have a stronger offense and better health on defense, but this team is still young and they will make mistakes. With that in mind, I think the team will look respectable, something we haven’t seen in a few years.

Andrew Miller, AllBengals video editor

Record prediction: 9-8

Explanation: This team will not shock the league in the Victory Column [depending on who you ask], but 2021 will be optimistic enough in Cincinnati as the team consolidates its identity under Zac Taylor with a healthy Joe Burrow, improved defense and a decent offensive line.

Expect the Bengals to produce a handful of surprises this season while still losing many games they could win. Regardless of whether or not their record at the end of the regular season indicates an over or under performance, this will be a fun team in free representation and draft thanks to one of the best groups of young receivers in the league and the defensive playmakers they have added,

James Rapien, AllBengals publisher

Record prediction: 7-10

Explanation: The Bengals offensive has the potential to become one of the best in the league but unfortunately there are many unknowns that could keep them from reaching their full potential.

From the coaching staff to the offensive line, this team has a lot to prove. Maybe Taylor is a great head coach in the end, but he has to take a big step forward if he’s here in a year.

Burrow is a star, but this team will struggle to find opposing quarterbacks, which should lead to a lot of shootouts. I expected Cincinnati to be on the hunt for a significant portion of the season before it was finally eliminated from the playoff race in December.

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