The Cincinnati Bengals went 11-5 in 2013, gaining control of the AFC North and reaching the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Anyone watching closely enough would know this was not a surprising outcome for one of the most complete and well-coached teams in the NFL.
There have been a few changes since last season wrapped, with defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer taking the Minnesota Vikings' head coaching job and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden moving on in the same capacity for Washington. Defensive end Michael Johnson is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Marshall Newhouse, Andy Dalton's left tackle at TCU, has stepped in to replace Anthony Collins at the position in Cincinnati.
So how will these changes affect their 2014 season? With the schedule announced on Wednesday, we can take an early look at how they Bengals might fare this year. Though more changes are coming—the NFL draft is rapidly approaching—the announcement does present the opportunity to make a few predictions.
Here is an in-depth look at the Bengals' 2014 schedule and how the season might play out for the defending AFC North champs.