According to our great pals at the “Mothership”, the Bengals are one of the last two teams out of the playoff picture. The predictor, which is powered by numberFire, a sports analytics platform that uses algorithmic modeling to better understand sports, says that the Bengals will finish the year 9-7 along with the Tennessee Titans and that their playoff odds are currently at 26.2%.
Here is more of ESPN’s breakdown of the Bengals.
“The Bengals rank above average in every defensive efficiency category, including eighth in per play pass defense. Unfortunately, the offense, led by rookie Andy Dalton, is subpar in every category. It may all come together, but odds are against this year.”
How many of you would have taken a 9-7 record when the year started? After watching the Ravens pathetic performance against Jacksonville Monday night, I think 9-7 just may win the AFC North.
For what its worth, it also predicted that the Ravens would finish 12-4 (not likely), the Steelers 11-5, and better yet, the Raiders 7-9 (now that’s more like it).