2023 NFL Power Rankings: Cincinnati Bengals

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Cincinnati Bengals in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Player: WR Tee Higgins
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

Higgins did not receive a long-term deal this offseason, and one seems to be unlikely. Cincinnati could be looking at giving Higgins a one-year franchise tag for 2024 and exploring its options. The tag is projected at $23 million according to overthecap.com. The Bengals could pay that amount to keep Higgins for one more year or see if they can find a team willing to trade for a top receiver. Higgins has amassed more than 3,000 receiving yards in his first three seasons combined. -- Ben Baby

NFL.com -- Rank: 12

You'll be reminded multiple times this week that last year's Bengals started 0-2, too, and it's fair to look back. Heck, the 2021 team was 1-1 to start, with an overtime win over a so-so Vikings team and still made the Super Bowl. However, my panic meter is not insanely low because there are some unpleasant realities this team absolutely must address. The two supposed bedrocks entering the season were supposed to be the passing game and the front seven on defense. Both have severely underachieved. Joe Burrow's calf injury gives the offense some cover, but what is the defense's excuse? Failing to get off the field on several third-and-short plays will be the lasting memory of Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

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2023 NFL Predictions: AFC North

Updated: Thursday, September 7th

Before the start of the season, I will post my NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, I've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totalled them up.

With that said, here are our early AFC North projections for each team including their win total.

1. Cincinnati Bengals - Projected Wins: 10.34

The Bengals have one of the league's best offenses — top seven in scoring in back-to-back seasons — and it all begins with Joe Burrow. Although Burrow sustained a calf injury early in camp, he says he is "ready to go" for Week 1. Cincinnati has a talented trio of receivers with Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. Both Chase and Higgins eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark last season, and they are arguably the two most talented receivers in the division. Joe Mixon is back after accepting a paycut, and the team upgraded its offensive line by signing Orlando Brown Jr. in free agency. In other words, it should be business as usual for Burrow & Co.

Safeties Jessie Bates III and Vonn Bell had eight of the team's 13 interceptions last season, but both departed via free agency in March. Former first-rounder Dax Hill will take on an expanded role, the team signed Nick Scott in free agency and drafted Jordan Battle in the third round. In addition, the Bengals have a talented cornerback room with Chidobe Awuzie, Cam Taylor-Britt (potential breakout candidate), Mike Hilton and second-round rookie DJ Turner. With Trey Hendrickson, DJ Reader and Logan Wilson anchoring their front-seven, the Bengals should have a strong defense in 2023.

From 1990-2020, the Bengals won only one playoff game (Wild Card round against the Houston Oilers in 1990). During that span, their playoff record was 1-8. Since then, however, they have gone deep into the postseason losing in the Super Bowl two seasons ago and in the AFC Championship Game last year.

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2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Cincinnati Bengals

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Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Joe Burrow557.83814183.531.7912.2764.3212.24.18316.26
Jake Browning38.824.6273.51.360.873.26.40.0615.64

Joe Burrow: Does any team have as talented of a trio as the Bengals do with Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd? Burrow's rookie season (2020) ended prematurely after sustaining a torn ACL, but he has a 69.3% completion rate, 69 touchdowns (6.1 TD%) and 8.1 yards per attempt average over the past two years. Returning to practice after missing roughly a month, Burrow (calf strain) is on track to play Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Cincinnati Bengals: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2023.

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WeekDateOpponentTime (ET) / Tickets
Week 1Sun., Sep. 10at Cleveland BrownsL 3-24
Week 2Sun., Sep. 17vs. Baltimore RavensL 24-27
Week 3Mon., Sep. 25vs. Los Angeles Rams8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1at Tennessee Titans1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 5Sun., Oct. 8at Arizona Cardinals4:05 PM / Tickets
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15vs. Seattle Seahawks1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 7BYE
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29at San Francisco 49ers4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5vs. Buffalo Bills8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 10Sun., Nov. 12vs. Houston Texans1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 11Thu., Nov. 16at Baltimore Ravens8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 12Sun., Nov. 26vs. Pittsburgh Steelers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 13Mon., Dec. 4at Jacksonville Jaguars8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10vs. Indianapolis Colts1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 15Sun., Dec. 17vs. Minnesota VikingsTBD / Tickets
Week 16Sat., Dec. 23at Pittsburgh Steelers4:30 PM / Tickets
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31at Kansas City Chiefs4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7vs. Cleveland BrownsTBD / Tickets

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Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Cincinnati Bengals from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Cincinnati Bengals:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (5/9)

30. Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

Both Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are scheduled to become free agents next offseason. Even though last year's production (60/760/9) declined year over year from his 2021 true freshman campaign (62/981/12), the speedy wideout has been extremely productive through two seasons and could hear his name called much higher than this with a strong junior season.

CBS Sports - Josh Edwards (5/8)

28. Ja'Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas

Cincinnati adds another pass-catching element to the offense for Joe Burrow.

ESPN - Todd McShay (5/4)

28. Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

Suamataia is a huge 6-foot-6, 325-pound transfer from Oregon who started 12 games at right tackle last year and allowed just five pressures. Cincinnati cut down on sacks allowed last season (44 against, tied for 20th), but it was 30th in pass block win rate at 50.1%. Signing Orlando Brown Jr. is a big move in the right direction, but will Jonah Williams stick with the team after requesting a trade? Suamataia could slide right in and give the Bengals massive bookends to keep their franchise QB upright.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (5/2)

28. Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

Ohio State had a pair of first-round receivers (Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave) two years ago, and they might do it again next April. Harrison is a lock, and Egbuka has the athletic and nuanced skills that will appeal to pro teams.

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Cincinnati Bengals - 2023 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2023 NFL Draft picks selected by the Cincinnati Bengals.

128Myles MurphyEDGEClemson
260D.J. Turner IICBMichigan
395Jordan BattleSAlabama
4131Charlie JonesWRPurdue
5163Chase BrownRBIllinois
6206Andrei IosivasWRPrinceton
6217Brad RobbinsPMichigan
7246D.J. IveyDBMiami (FL)

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