The Cincinnati Bengals, who are vying for a third consecutive AFC title game participation, have a challenging schedule in 2023.
Sure, there are some relatively easy games on the schedule early in the season.
However, the Bengals go on a post-bye stretch that includes more than half of their AFC North games as well as challenging matchups against the 49ers, Bills, and Chiefs.
In our early game-by-game estimates, we don't see that stopping the Bengals from posting double-digit wins and a likely AFC North championship, among other things.
But what do others think about the schedule? Adam Rank of NFL Network just ran through his game-by-game
predictions for every team, and this is how he sees things shaping up for the Bengals.
To say the least, this would be the Bengals' ideal scenario. According to Rank, they will take the No. 1 seed in the AFC,
which isn't all that unrealistic. However, going into the bye week at 5-1 and not losing again until Week 16 may be a bit excessive.