2014 Offense: 22.8 PTS/G (15th)
2014 Defense: 21.5 PTS/G (12th)
Key Additions: Michael Johnson (DE), A.J. Hawk (LB), Denarius Moore (WR)
Key Losses: Marshall Newhouse (OT), Terence Newman (CB), Robert Geathers (DE), Taylor Mays (S)
Top Three Draft Picks: Cedric Ogbuehi (OT), Jake Fisher (OT), Tyler Kroft (TE)
The Bengals will lose in the first round of the playoff again this year, right? No, they’ll give their fans a break and not even reach the postseason. The offense has some nice pieces including last year’s breakout rookie, Jeremy Hill, at running back They’re still led by Andy Dalton at quarterback though. He’s not the worst but he probably receives more criticism than any other quarterback in the league. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up like Matt Schaub from a couple years ago. It’s sad to see this team waste A.J. Green. He might be the most talented receiver in the NFL.
The defense always seems to be solid under Marvin Lewis but they’re never elite. They won’t be elite this year either. They may even get worse. If their defense becomes below average too they really don’t have a chance. I don’t see the Bengals returning to the playoffs this year.