We are more than two months into the 2017 fiscal year for the National Football League. It’s safe to say we have seen plenty of player movement via free agency and trades. And in late April, a total of 253 players were selected in the NFL draft. So as teams stare at mini-camps, OTAs and more, we figured it was a good time to have some fun looking (and learning) at the significant numbers – both in regards to the past and the present – for each of the 32 franchises. You can play catch-up by clicking here. Next up are the Cincinnati Bengals.
This past season, we didn’t see the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs. All told, a disappointing 6-9-1 mark resulted in the team missing the postseason for the first time since 2010. The fault always seems to fall on quarterback Andy Dalton. But when available, he’s played some pretty good football since a shaky year in 2014. That was a campaign that saw the six-year pro throw 19 TD passes and 17 interceptions in 16 regular-season outings. However, in his last 29 contests dating back to ’15, Dalton has connected for 42 scores and been picked off just 15 times.
Be it a broken thumb that shelved Andy Dalton for the final three games and the playoffs in 2015. Or injuries that limited playing time for wideout A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert this past fall. How about a disappointing performance from the Cincinnati defense? More like D…all of the above. Regardless, if you include that awkward 18-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs, the Bengals are a combined 10-14-1 in their last 25 outings after opening 8-0 in 2015.
In 2015, only six teams in the NFL allowed fewer rushing yards per game than the Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, , Marvin Lewis’ squad surrendered 113.3 yards per contest on the ground this past season – good for 21st in the league. Also, add in the fact that the club managed only 33 sacks in ’16 and it was pretty down year for the defensive front, save perhaps for defensive tackle Geno Atkins. All told, this is an area that must improve this upcoming season.