On paper the Cincinnati Bengals looked poised to make a serious run at the playoffs next year after back-to-back appearances and an improving core.
Statistically speaking, the Bengals look great on paper as well. Leaders Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are poised for solid campaigns as usual. Geno Atkins should post sack numbers befitting of an elite defensive end. The list goes on for a while.
Predicting statistics before the season comes down to a few variables. For one, individual averages have to be examined and then contrasted with changes in personnel as a whole, schematic changes and more. Projecting progression, or lack thereof, also needs to come into play.
We'll do all of the above in the following slides in an attempt to project how the stat sheet will look when the Bengals have closed down shop at the end of the regular season. Just remember—great statistics do not always correlate to marks in the win column—and vice versa.