The 2019 Cincinnati Bengals have a tough road ahead of them as they will start the season minus maybe their biggest offensive playmaker in receiver A.J. Green.
Green was lost early in camp with an ankle injury and did have surgery, which means he likely will miss at least the first two to three games of the 2019 season.
Check this out, the Bengals are likely going to be underdogs early in the season as not only will they miss Green, but also they are going to have a tough road through the first part of the 2019 campaign.
If the Bengals are going to get off to a quick start in 2019, it is not going to be easy, as the team will start the season with three of the first four games on the road.
Here’s how the first quarter of the season stacks up for new head coach Zac Taylor and the Bengals as they look to make some noise in what looks to be a super competitive AFC North.
Week One – at Seattle
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will provide a very tough week one opponent for the Bengals, who will have to travel 1400 plus miles to play in Seattle.
The Hawks at home are never easy, and if the Bengals can find a way to somehow hang in a get a win in Seattle, it could set up Taylor and the team with a nice run to start the year.
It won’t be easy though, as the Hawks are looking to get back to the level they were when they had the ‘Legion of Boom’ defense from a few years ago.
Week Two – Vs San Francisco
The Bengals are back at Paul Brown Stadium in Week two as they will play host to the San Francisco 49ers, a team that is looking themselves to get back to a competitive level in 2019.
The Niners will have back the services of quarterback Jimmy garoppolo, who missed all but three games last season due to injury.
These are two very evenly matched teams, but again the Bengals need to get this win as it’s their only home game of the first four.
Week Three – At Buffalo
The Bills provide an interesting week three game, as second-year QB Josh Allen can run with the ball as well as any QB in the league.
The Bills at home are again never easy, and the Bengals will need to get off to a quick start and hold Allen and the rest of the Buffalo offense in check.
A win again on the road for the Bengals will be a huge boost.
Week Four – At Pittsburgh
Last season the Bengals put up a week 17 fight at Heinz Field, but fell short losing late to their rivals 13-10.
This could be the game that sets up the rest of the season, as the Steelers are nowhere near as good as they have been losing Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but they are still dangerous.
Get ready for the usual knock down, drag out fight between these two rivals.
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