December record: 2-5
2019 record: 2-14 (1-5 record)
AFC North standings: Fourth
Congratulations to the Cincinnati Bengals on finishing the 2019 season with the league’s worst record. This may sound like a jab, but I promise you it’ll be worth it in the grand scheme of things.
For one, the Bengals now get to coach the Senior Bowl and get a chance to evaluate some of the top players entering the 2020 NFL Draft. Cincinnati also possesses the first overall pick in the upcoming draft, which will no doubt be spent on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
Let me tell you, Bengals fans, this kid is the real deal.
Burrow has guided the Tigers to a 14-0 record thus far in the 2019 college football season, including a blowout win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the College Football Playoff semi-finals. Burrow rightfully won the Heisman Trophy for perhaps the greatest single-season in college football history. The dude is a gamer, and he’s a perfect fit for the Cincinnati Bengals.
I want to go on record here with this statement: The Bengals are much better than their 2-14 record indicates and can turn this ship around quickly. I believe in head coach Zac Taylor, and I believe that this offense can become a juggernaut with Burrow under-center. The unit has a plethora of weapons and will get 2019 first-round pick, Jonah Williams, back to solidify the offensive line. There’s a lot to like here, I promise.
Fret not, Bengals fans, your roster is still a talented one; it simply needs an infusion of youth. 2019 was tough, but 2020 will be better. Unfortunately, I expect the AFC North to be better as well in 2020.