Cincinnati Bengals schedule and 2021 season predictions
Cincinnati Bengals schedule this week
Week 7 – @ Baltimore Ravens
|Sunday, Oct. 24||1:00 PM||CBS|
- Spread: Ravens -6.5
- Moneyline: Bengals +225; Ravens -280
- Over/under: 48
Lamar Jackson is playing his best football, but so are the Bengals. Before the year began, we’d say the Ravens easily, but not anymore. Burrow should give this Raven defense all they can handle and Ja’Marr Chase is tough for anyone to deal with. However, LJ is just playing too well for Cincinnati to come away victorious.
- Sportsnaut prediction: Ravens 33, Bengals 24
Cincinnati Bengals schedule predictions
- The Cincinnati Bengals are 4-2 in the 2021 NFL season.
- Their Week 10 bye is set between games against the Cleveland Browns and Las Vegas Raiders (Nov. 7 and Nov. 21).
- Sportsnaut originally predicted the Bengals would end the season in last place in the AFC North with a 4-13 record.
Cincinnati Bengals roster outlook
All our predictions are based on the Bengals keeping and starting these key players:
- QB – Joe Burrow
- RB – Joe Mixon
- WR – Ja’Marr Chase (rookie), Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd
- TE – CJ Uzomah, Drew Sample
- Defense – See where the Bengals’ defense ranks this week
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Week 1 – Cincinnati Bengals won 27-24 in overtime vs. Minnesota Vikings
- When: Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1:00 PM on FOX
- Spread: Vikings -3
- Moneyline: Vikings -160; Bengals +140
- Over/Under: 47
- Sportsnaut Prediction: Vikings 35, Bengals 31
It was always expected to be a close one here. However, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook should’ve been the difference-maker who put Minnesota over the top. Instead, he fumbled late in overtime, which led to Cincinnati kicking a game-winning field goal.
Week 2 – Cincinnati Bengals lost 20-17 @ Chicago Bears
There’s no question the Bengals had the better quarterback situation with Burrow coming in, but the Bears’ stout defense overwhelmed Cincinnati’s still-porous offensive line. Burrow suffered nine QB hits, was sacked four times and threw three interceptions, including a pick-six that change the momentum of the game.
- When: Sunday, Sept. 19 @ 1:00 PM on FOX
- Spread: Bears -2.5
- Moneyline: Bengals +120; Bears -145
- Over/under: 45.0
- Sportsnaut prediction: Bengals 27, Bears 24
Week 3 – Cincinnati Bengals win 24-14 in road matchup with Pittsburgh Steelers
- When: Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1:00 PM on CBS
- Point spread: Steelers -3 ( BetMGM )
- Moneyline: Bengals +145; Steelers -175
- Over/under: 44.0
- Sportsnaut prediction: Steelers 24, Bengals 20
Another week of Joe Burrow connecting to Ja’Marr Chase led to 65 yards and two more touchdown catches. Joe Mixon added another 90 rushing yards as the Bengals proved too much for an inept Steelers offense. The Bengals sacked Ben Roethlisberger four times and held Najee Harris to just 2.9 yards per carry.
Week 4 — Cincinnati Bengals beat Jacksonville Jaguars at home, 24-21
- When: Thursday, September 30 at 8:20 PM EST on NFL Network
- Spread: Bengals -7.5 (BetMGM)
- Moneyline: Bengals (-350); Jaguars (+275)
- Over/Under: 46
- Sportsnaut prediction: Bengals 31, Jaguars 17
Don’t look now, but these Bengals are now 3-1 on the season following this narrow win. Cincinnati fell down 14-0 at halftime before Joe Burrow and Co. picked it up big time in the second half — leading to a game-winning field goal as time expired. Burrow finished the evening having 25-of-32 passes for 348 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He’s legit, and so is this team.
Week 5 – Cincinnati Bengals lose 25-22 to Green Bay Packers
- When: Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1:00 PM
- Point spread: Packers -3.0 (BetMGM)
- Moneyline: Packers (-155), Bengals (+130)
- Over/under: 51.0
- Sportsnaut prediction: Packers 31, Bengals 27
In a game pitting two 3-1 opponents against each other, the Green Bay Packers finally won in overtime after five consecutive missed field goals between the two teams. The Bengals continue to show they are ready to contend for a playoff spot in 2021.Also Read:
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Week 6 – Cincinnati Bengals win 34-11 vs. Detroit Lions
- When: Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1:00 PM
- Point spread: Bengals -3.5 (BetMGM)
- Moneyline: Cincinnati (-190); Detroit (+160)
- Over/under: 47.5
- Sportsnaut prediction: Bengals 31, Lions 20
This one was never close. The Bengals’ offense proved too much for Detroit to handle, with Joe Burrow throwing three touchdowns and Ja’Marr Chase continuing his dominance. Jared Goff and an ineffective running game couldn’t get anything going in a blowout.
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Week 8 – @ New York Jets
|Sunday, Oct. 31||1:00 PM||CBS|
Zach Wilson going toe-to-toe with Burrow will make for a fun quarterback duel. Jets pass-rusher Carl Lawson left Cincinnati as a free agent this offseason, and is unfortunately out for the year with a torn Achilles. This should be a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair that the hosts ultimately prevail in.
- Week 8 prediction: Jets 41, Bengals 38
Week 9 – vs. Cleveland Browns
|Sunday, Nov. 7||1:00 PM||CBS|
Unless the Bengals catch these star-studded Browns completely napping, they’ll have little hope of beating them in either meeting this season. Cincinnati’s defensive backfield actually matches up quite well with Cleveland’s pass-catchers, but the Browns can run the ball at will, which will help them get the win.
- Week 9 prediction: Browns 38, Bengals 20
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Week 11 – @ Las Vegas Raiders
|Sunday, Nov. 21||4:05 PM||CBS|
The winning formula for Cincinnati in 2021 will involve scoring a lot of points and hoping a healthy Burrow has the ball in his hands last against non-playoff opponents. This is very much in play when the Bengals travel to Las Vegas. Because the Bengals’ secondary is better than the Silver and Black’s, they get the edge here.
- Week 11 prediction: Bengals 41, Raiders 34
Week 12 – vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
|Sunday, Nov. 28||1:00 PM||CBS|
Drafting yet another nose tackle in Tyler Shelvin to pair with DJ Reader made little sense, but against the Steelers, it’d all but guarantee the Bengals could stop the run. A one-dimensional Ben Roethlisberger is not something Pittsburgh wants to see. This has shades of what happened in Week 16, 2020, when Cincy bolted to a 17-0 lead and won 27-17.
- Week 12 prediction: Bengals 20, Steelers 16
Week 13 – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
|Sunday, Dec. 5||1:00 PM||FOX|
New Chargers coach Brandon Staley is one of the game’s premier defensive minds. in what could’ve otherwise been a great showdown between 2020 draft QBs Burrow and Justin Herbert instead turns into a blowout in the visitors’ favor.
- Week 13 prediction: Chargers 38, Bengals 13
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Week 14 – vs. San Francisco 49ers
|Sunday, Dec. 12||1:00 PM||CBS|
Stopping the run was a nightmare for the Bengals in 2020, and they did little to improve in that area. Imagine what a creative schematic genius in 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is going to throw at Cincinnati here. It’s not going to be pretty for the home team, that’s for sure.
- Week 14 prediction: 49ers 27, Bengals 17
Week 15 – @ Denver Broncos
|Sunday, Dec. 19||4:05 PM||CBS|
Playing in the altitude is usually a tall task for opponents unfamiliar with the unique elements in the Mile High City. Since Cincinnati’s defense is already lacking playmakers, and the Broncos have the personnel at cornerback to hold up against the Bengals’ loaded receiving corps, Denver should take care of business.
- Week 15 prediction: Broncos 31, Bengals 17
Week 16 – vs. Baltimore Ravens
|Sunday, Dec. 26||1:00 PM||CBS|
As long as they’re not playing from behind, this Ravens offense travels as well as any in football, because it doesn’t require a high volume of pass attempts to get the job done. Cincinnati is outmatched at the point of attack and has no answers for Baltimore’s elite rushing attack, so playing on home turf won’t really matter.
- Week 16 prediction: Ravens 31, Bengals 23
Week 17 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs
|Sunday, Jan. 2||1:00 PM||CBS|
Rough. The Chiefs just completely overhauled their offensive line that got overwhelmed in the Super Bowl. That’s bad news for the Bengals’ defensive front. They have no hope of stopping Patrick Mahomes and Co.
- Week 17 prediction: Chiefs 48, Bengals 26
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Week 18 – @ Cleveland Browns
|Sunday, Jan. 9||1:00 PM||CBS|
Burrow lit up the Browns in both meetings last season, but that was before Cleveland massively upgraded its secondary in the offseason and added Jadeveon Clowney in free agency. It’s hard to fathom any scenario in which the Bengals emerge from FirstEnergy Stadium victorious.
- Week 18 prediction: Browns 45, Bengals 21
Cincinnati Bengals record prediction: 4-13