Predicting win total: Bengals

August, 30, 2012
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The AFC North blog continues its series of revisiting the "More or Less" post, where ESPN's John Clayton predicted the win total for every team in the NFL.

The reason to look back comes from the fact that Clayton made his projection in June. A lot has changed over that time, especially for the Cincinnati Bengals, who are forecasted to go 8-8.

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How many games will the Bengals win this season?

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    17%
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    57%
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    26%

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The biggest change for the Bengals is on the offensive line. Cincinnati lost left guard Travelle Wharton to a season-ending knee injury and may be without center Kyle Cook for a significant amount of time, if not the season, because of an ankle injury. As far as the No. 2 wide receiver spot, it looks like Armon Binns will get the nod over Brandon Tate, although offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will probably rotate them throughout games. The one question that Andy Dalton has answered this summer has been the one about his arm strength. He continually took shots downfield in camp and hit A.J. Green for a 50-yard touchdown in the second preseason game.

The defense took a minor hit when defensive end Carlos Dunlap injured his knee in the preseason opener. He hasn't played the rest of the preseason and the Bengals' top pass rusher is considered questionable for the season opener at Baltimore. First-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick, who was expected to compete for a starting role or the nickel back job, missed all but one day of training camp with a knee injury and won't play a snap in the preseason. The Bengals also haven't committed to a starter at strong safety, where Taylor Mays has been physical this summer and Jeromy Miles has made plays in the preseason. The team has continued to shift Nate Clements from cornerback and safety as well.

So, will the Bengals finish with more or less than eight wins this season? Go ahead and vote and send me the reason for the decision to my AFC North mailbag.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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