Another NFL season is set to begin, which likely means another NFL season of frustration for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Last year, the Bengals went 12-4 in the regular season, arguably had the most talent of any team in the league and still couldn’t win a playoff game.
Actually, Cincy had a playoff game won until it self-destructed in the final moments against the Steelers.
That loss should have cost head coach Marvin Lewis his job, but not in Cincinnati.
Overall, Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs.
The Bengals still have a lot of talent back this season, although they did lose some key players to free agency and injuries have been a problem in the preseason. Also, the schedule is a killer, especially in the first half of the season.
So, a Cincinnati team with a bit less depth will take the field this season, and it could again reach the playoffs.
Will the Bengals finally win a playoff game? I’d say it’s a safe bet that they will not.
In Cleveland, the Browns have shaken up their roster under first-year head coach Hue Jackson.
I doubt that RG3 is the long-term answer at quarterback, but I think Jackson can return the franchise to respectability if he’s given the time.
Here are my fearless predictions for the 2016 NFL season:
AFC East: New England, New York Jets, Buffalo, Miami
AFC North: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Cleveland
AFC South: Indianapolis, Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee
AFC West: Kansas City, Oakland, Denver, San Diego
NFC East: New York Giants, Washington, Dallas, Philadelphia
NFC North: Green Bay, Detroit, Minnesota, Chicago
NFC South: Carolina, Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay
NFC West: Arizona, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco
Trivia Time – Sam Snead never won a U.S. Open title, although he did finish second four times.
This week’s question – When was the last year the Cleveland Browns had a winning record?
Reach Steve Stout at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout