With the 2021 NFL schedule set to be released Wednesday night, here’s a glance at each Bengals game for their first 17-game season:
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49ERS: Look at what has gone on with these two clubs since the last time head coach Kyle Shanahan brought his club to town for Bengals head coach Zac Taylor’s first PBS game. It was just two years ago but it might as well be 20.
The Niners went to the Super Bowl, foundered with the quarterback question and are going into this season off a massive trade that brought them a new franchise quarterback in Trey Lance. Meanwhile, the Bengals have gone through two massive free agencies on defense since that home opener Frisco gouged them in the running game. The only starters still around from that defense are free safety Jessie Bates III and edge Sam Hubbard.
BROWNS: The leading Comeback Player of the Year candidates in the AFC North are on display in this one with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
In free agency the Bengals addressed the problems Cleveland gave them in last season’s sweep with a brand new trio on the corner. Trae Waynes, Chidobe Awuzie and Mike Hilton take aim at Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins after Beckham beat them for a 41-yard touchdown pass, Higgins had a 100-yard day and Donovan Peoples-Jones escaped for a 24-yard winning touchdown catch…