Teams the Bengals Can Beat to Avoid Becoming Third Winless 0-16 Team in NFL History

Mike Esposito
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The Cincinnati Bengals were widely considered a team in a transitionary period heading into the 2019 NFL season, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone that believed they'd be in serious risk of finishing the year with an 0-16 record through Week 9.

With Cincinnati sitting at 0-8 through the halfway point of the season, a special team futures prop bet is now available on FanDuel Sportsbook, which lists the Bengals at +750 odds to go 0-16 during the regular season. Luckily for Cincy, the Bengals appear to have an easier second-half schedule than most teams in the NFL and could find that one elusive win necessary to avoid becoming just the third team in NFL history to go winless through a 16-game slate.

With that in mind, here are the three most-winnable games remaining on Cincinnati's schedule.

1. Week 13 vs. New York Jets

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As bad as the Bengals have been, the New York Jets have arguably been worse, despite having the better record at 1-7. The Jets have failed to score more than 20 points in seven of their eight games this season and are averaging a league-worst 12.0 points per game (PPG) on offense, which bodes well for a Bengals' defense that's allowing 26.2 PPG (No. 24 in the NFL). Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley is expected to be under center for the remainder of the year and there's bound to be some growing pains. However, it's possible that Cincy can take advantage of a New York defense that allowed the Miami Dolphins, who are averaging 12.9 PPG, to score 28 points in securing their first win of the season in Week 9.

2. Week 16 at Miami Dolphins

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If they end up losing to the Jets at home, the Bengals still travel to Miami just three weeks later with another good shot at snagging that elusive first win. Winning on the road is no small task for any team in the NFL, but outside of the Jets, Miami has made it exceptionally easy for opponents visiting Hard Rock Stadium in 2019. The Dolphins are 1-4 in their five home games this season, and they are averaging just 12.4 PPG of offense while also allowing a league-worst 33.4 PPG on defense on their own field.

3. Week 17 vs. Cleveland Browns

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Week 17 presents a third and final decent opportunity for the Bengals to avoid a winless finish, with the Cleveland Browns surprisingly offering them a viable shot to find the win column. Cleveland has plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, but they are running out of time to figure out how to turn things around before it's too late. The Browns' struggles away from home shouldn't be overlooked either, as they could be a significant contributing factor in a potential Bengals' victory. Cleveland is 2-3 on the road this year, allowing 22.0 PPG on defense (No. 18 in the NFL) and averaging just 19.6 PPG on offense (No. 18 in the NFL) those five games away from home.

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