The Cincinnati Bengals got here inside a late Matthew Stafford-to-Cooper Kupp landing from successful Super Bowl LVI in February. They return a gaggle of deadly offensive weapons headed by AP Comeback Participant of the Yr Joe Burrow at quarterback, Professional Bowlers Joe Mixon and Ja’Marr Chase and star vast receiver Tee Higgins, and now have standout security Jessie Bates again within the fold to steer the secondary, after a prolonged offseason holdout.
Nonetheless, with the 2022 NFL common season about to start, ESPN projections don’t just like the Bengals probabilities at making it again to the Tremendous Bowl, and even make the playoffs.
In a chunk printed Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Invoice Barnwell broke down “How all 32 NFL teams can win Super Bowl LVII,” itemizing the groups so as by offseason projections from ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index (FPI), which estimates every group’s possibilities of successful the Tremendous Bowl. Beginning with the thirty second ranked group (Chicago Bears) right down to the No. 1 projected group (Buffalo Payments), reigning AFC-champion Cincinnati locations solely 18th on the listing with a 2.8% likelihood of successful the Tremendous Bowl and a forty five.6% likelihood of creating the playoffs.
“The Bengals entered final season with a 0.1% likelihood of successful Tremendous Bowl LVI. Their probabilities finally improved all the way in which to 78.5% by the fourth quarter of the sport itself earlier than falling again to zero after being stopped on fourth down. Joe Burrow and Co. tremendously exceeded expectations, however FPI nonetheless pegs their Tremendous Bowl probabilities in 2022 as barely under league common,” Barnwell wrote. “I am extra optimistic in regards to the Bengals’ probabilities, partially as a result of their shift to one of many league’s most pass-happy assaults towards the top of the season was spurred by Burrow additional recovering from his severe left knee damage. They went 6-1 with Burrow at quarterback from Week 15 on whereas posting the league’s third-highest cross fee in impartial conditions. Zac Taylor’s group will not flip the ball over twice in seven video games prefer it did over that stretch, however I’d count on Cincinnati to be one of many league’s greatest offenses.”
The one groups with worse probabilities to make the playoffs, based on numbers, are the Bears, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, San Franciso 49ers and Washington Commanders. The Steelers, Titans and 49ers all made the playoffs final season as effectively.
“Even when the Bengals get there, although, there are cheap issues in regards to the schedule after they confronted what was the league’s third-easiest slate based on Soccer Outsiders a yr in the past. They get a first-place schedule this season, and after seeing all three of their divisional rivals have their quarterbacks compromised by accidents, the AFC North must be more healthy this time round,” Barnwell wrote. “The Bengals aren’t going anyplace when it comes to competitiveness — we simply noticed what their upside case seems like — however their path is harder this time round.”