2019 - 2-14, 4th in North
Last year in playoffs - 2015
WHAT HAPPENED LAST SEASON
The Bengals were eliminated from playoff contention by the end of Week 11. That's because, for the first time in history, they lost their first 11 games. It got slightly better after that, as the team finished 2-14 and landed the No. 1 pick in the draft.
PINNING THEIR HOPES ON
Joe Burrow. It's hard enough with all the expectations piled on a quarterback drafted first overall, but consider that Burrow, the former Louisiana State star, has gotten relatively little work during the pandemic, particularly with a compressed training camp and no preseason games.
KEEP AN EYE ON
The opponents' ground game. The Bengals were the worst in the league at stopping the run last season, giving up a whopping 4.7 yards per carry. The team has taken some steps to avoid that this fall, in part by signing free-agent nose tackle D.J. Reader, who figures to have his hands full.