2019 NFL Power Rankings: No. 31 Cincinnati Bengals
Pro Bowl pass-catcher AJ Green and starting center Billy Price (status varies) should miss the 2019 season opener and possibly more due to injury. Alex Redmond, the team's starter at guard, landed a four-game ban over a dirty urine sample. And last but not least, first-round draft pick and offensive tackle Jonah Williams won't be suiting up this year, thanks to a torn labrum. It’s sad Andy Dalton aka the Red Squirtgun has to spend the majority of his final campaign in Cincy on his back, but direct deposit should help soothe some of the pain. The goals for the Bengals this year should be simple: see how the locker room responds to a 36-year-old coach whose professional claim to fame revolves around bumping elbows with Sean McVay and allow Joe Mixon to showcase his multi-dimensional skill set. He's a stud, who's ready to take his place among the league’s top ball carriers. With a battered offensive line, he'll have to claw for yards. Luckily, the Bay Area native possesses the talent to do such.
It's going to be a rough campaign for first-year head coach Zac Taylor. How does a putrid defense who ranked last in the league in total yards (413.6) improve without new additions? Vontaze Burfict and Marvin Lewis get the last laugh.
Verdict: 4-12. Best case scenario, they get the No. 1 pick and start over at quarterback. Andy Dalton’s tenure in Cincy was nothing more than mediocre and Ryan Finley isn't the answer. The Tua sweepstakes aren’t a bad a place to be.