2015 Strength of Schedule - CIN
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
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Saturday, June 27, 2015, 11:02am
ESPN Bengals beat writer Coley Harvey was asked if the Bengals offense can be better than it was in 2013.
Harvey: First, I must say, the "if" is a big qualifier. Obviously, every team comes into each new season believing "if" it can stay healthy it has a chance to truly be great. In Cincinnati's case, I really do believe that some measure of greatness can be achieved assuming at least near-complete health this season.
Injuries derailed many of the Bengals' hopes in 2014, with receivers A.J. Green and Marvin Jones, tight ends Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham, offensive linemen Andre Smith and Kevin Zeitler, and running back Giovani Bernard missing significant chunks of the season. Had the Bengals been able to get a couple games back where those players weren't injured, they might have won an extra regular-season game, and perhaps they would have had a better shot in the playoff game at Indianapolis. Because of the qualifier "if," it's hard to guess about the unknown. But here's the thing: On paper, the Bengals are poised to be every bit as good as the 2013 team. That year's offense ranked 10th. Last year's was 15th. The Bengals certainly will be more improved this season.
It's also year two under offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, which should help. Jeremy Hill has emerged as a bell cow rusher and the team expects to have healthy weapons in the passing game. The story added the team better understands how to rotate Hill and Bernard at RB. Where the 2013 and 2015 offenses will differ is in the way that they play. Two years ago, Cincinnati had a pass-heavy system that put a lot of pressure on quarterback Andy Dalton's shoulders. This season, the Bengals will use Hill and Bernard to pace the offense.
Posted by Chris Kucharski
Friday, January 2, 2015 - 11:18am
Week 18: Dalton vs Colts
Andy Dalton finished the regular season with a very up and down performance against the Steelers which really was a microcosm of his season. Inconsistency and lack of big plays hurt the QBs fantasy impact in 2014 after he was outstanding last year.
He did get his team to the postseason again, and we have seen how the Bengals have fared over the past three playoffs. They will be an underdog on the road in Indy, but there is some good news. The game is Sunday afternoon (we have seen Dalton's struggles in prime time) and he is playing the Colts who are 27th in aFPA to quarterbacks. The bad news is he was horrible against Indy in their meeting back in October where he only completed 47% of his passes and only threw for 126 yards.
He ranks in the bottom half of the eight quarterbacks playing Wild Card weekend so if you can avoid putting him in your playoff lineup, do so.