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Joe Burrow runs with the ball
Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the first half of Super Bowl 56 | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Are the Panthers Heading Down an Urban Meyer-Like Path With HC Matt Rhule?

The Cincinnati Bengals came tantalizingly close to lifting up the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history before falling to the Los Angeles Rams with a 23-20 final score in the Super Bowl. Now, the 2022 NFL schedule offers a franchise ascending to a dizzying peak a shot at redemption and further growth.

What will Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase do as an encore? The quarterback asserted himself as one of the premier options at the position during his sophomore season, and the wide receiver shined throughout his rookie year to the tune of 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Joe Mixon, Tee Higgins, and Hayden Hurst are in place to make the Bengals’ aerial attack even deadlier, and that’s saying nothing of the improvements made throughout the offensive line by signing La’el Collins, Alex Cappa, and Ted Karras. Plus, the defense should improve from last year’s mediocre level through free-agent additions and a draft class centered around that end of the ball.

Excitement should justifiably be running rampant throughout the streets of Cincinnati.

2022 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule

1vs. Pittsburgh SteelersSunday, Sept. 111:00 p.m. ETCBS
2@ Dallas CowboysSunday, Sept. 184:25 p.m. ETCBS
3@ New York JetsSunday, Sept. 251:00 p.m. ETCBS
4vs. Miami DolphinsThursday, Sept. 298:15 p.m. ETPrime Video
5@ Baltimore RavensSunday, Oct. 98:20 p.m. ETNBC
6@ New Orleans SaintsSunday, Oct. 161:00 p.m. ETCBS
7vs. Atlanta FalconsSunday, Oct. 231:00 p.m. ETFOX
8@ Cleveland BrownsMonday, Oct. 318:15 p.m. ETESPN
9vs. Carolina PanthersSunday, Nov. 61:00 p.m. ETFOX
10Bye WeekN/AN/AN/A
11@ Pittsburgh SteelersSunday, Nov. 208:20 p.m. ETNBC
12@ Tennessee TitansSunday, Nov. 271:00 p.m. ETCBS
13vs. Kansas City ChiefsSunday, Dec. 44:25 p.m. ETCBS
14vs. Cleveland BrownsSunday, Dec. 111:00 p.m. ETCBS
15@ Tampa Bay BuccaneersSunday, Dec. 184:25 p.m. ETCBS
16@ New England PatriotsSaturday, Dec. 241:00 p.m. ETCBS
17vs. Buffalo BillsMonday, Jan. 28:30 p.m. ETESPN
18vs. Baltimore RavensTBDTBDTBD

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