There have been quite a few folks in the national media this offseason who don’t believe in the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022.

NFL.com analyst Adam Rank isn’t one of those people.

Rank recently predicted the record of each NFL team in 2022 and he has the Bengals improving, albeit slightly, on their record from last season. He’s predicting that Cincy will finish 11-6 and win the AFC North for a second straight season (they went 10-7 last year).

A year ago, Rank had the Bengals finishing 4-13. I guess he learned from his mistake.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gets set before a snap in the first quarter during Super Bowl 56 against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
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Here’s how Rank has the Bengals’ season playing out:

  • Bengals vs Steelers Win
  • Bengals @ Cowboys Loss
  • Bengals @ Jets Loss
  • Bengals vs Dolphins Win
  • Bengals @ Ravens Loss
  • Bengals @ Saints Win
  • Bengals vs Falcons Win
  • Bengals @ Browns Loss
  • Bengals vs Panthers Win
  • Bengals @ Steelers Win
  • Bengals @ Titans Win
  • Bengals vs Chiefs Win
  • Bengals vs Browns Win
  • Bengals @ Buccaneers Loss
  • Bengals @ Patriots Loss
  • Bengals vs Bills Win
  • Bengal vs Ravens Win

There are definitely some questionable predictions there. The most obvious, though, is that loss to the Jets. I know that game is on the road, but the Bengals are a significantly better team than the Jets. I can’t see how anyone would predict Cincy to lose that game. Is a loss possible? Of course it is. Any given Sunday, right? But there’s nothing at this point in the offseason to suggest that the Bengals will lose that game.

The other really questionable prediction is the Bengals losing to the Patriots late in the season. The Patriots are obviously better than the Jets. And they’re led by possibly the greatest football coach of all time. But the Patriots without Tom Brady aren’t the same Patriots. It’s a road game in December, but I’d still bet on the Bengals winning that game.

Cincinnati has a tough schedule. They play nine teams that I could easily see in the playoffs. If the Bengals finish 11-6 and win the division again, I think that’s a major win for Joe Burrow and company.

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