3 Hardest Games on the Bengals Schedule in 2022

A look at the three hardest games on the Cincinnati Bengals schedule for the 2022 NFL season.
A look at the three hardest games on the Cincinnati Bengals schedule for the 2022 NFL season. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

The Cincinnati Bengals surprised a lot of people by making it all the way to Super Bowl LVI in February. The final result wasn't what they had hoped for, but that's only made them hungrier for success ahead of the 2022 NFL season.

Succeeding will be easier said than done for the Bengals, who have the sixth-toughest 2022 schedule, according to ESPN's Mike Clay. Although some games are certainly winnable, other opponents will take much more effort to defeat.

Here's a look at the three hardest games on the

Cincinnati Bengals Schedule 2022

1. vs. Kansas City Chiefs

No victory was bigger for the Bengals last season than when they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24, in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl. However, despite that victory, few people see the Bengals as actually being on the Chiefs' level. Joe Burrow and co. still have a lot to prove and any matchup against former NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes is far from easy. Mahomes is averaging over 300 yards and three touchdowns in two career meetings against Cincinnati. With the Chiefs also looking to return to prominence this season, it's easy to see why the Bengals will have their hands full.

2. @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bengals may have won their last two games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they've yet to face them in the Tom Brady era. The 44-year-old ageless wonder is an impressive 7-1 in eight career meetings against the Bengals and has yet to lose to them since 2013. Furthermore, the Buccaneers had the best passing attack in the league in 2021, which could be an issue for the Bengals after surrendering 248.7 passing yards per game (No. 26). With Brady showing no signs of slowing down, the Bengals might need to take things to another level to beat the Bucs.

3. @ Dallas Cowboys

The Bengals already have their hands full with the top-2 passing teams from last year in the Chiefs and Buccaneers, but they'll also have to deal with the No. 4-ranked Dallas Cowboys. Even after trading Amari Cooper to Cleveland, the Cowboys' offense should continue being elite with Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb and Ezekiel Elliott leading the charge. Cincinnati is 1-5 against Dallas since 2000 and hasn't beaten the Cowboys in nearly 18 years. This game should be a high-scoring affair and it'll be interesting to see if the Bengals can keep up with the Cowboys' offense.

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