Cincinnati Bengals 2023 Game Schedule And Tickets
Can They Make Three In A Row?
Even though they failed to qualify for a second Super Bowl in a row (and fourth in franchise history) by losing in the divisional championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cincinnati Bengals are coming off a historic 2022 season, winning their second consecutive AFC North title for the first time.
In 2023, they’ll go for the third, and they have the guns for it. This season, the Bengals have one of the most explosive offenses in the league, led by quarterback Joe Burrow, who has a plethora of weapons at his disposal, including wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd, and tight end Irv Smith Jr., who was signed as a free agent from the Minnesota Vikings. The offensive line was also upgraded with the addition of tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who was acquired in a trade from the Chiefs.
Their defense doesn’t stay behind, especially in the front seven, where defensive end Myles Murphy, the team's first-round draft pick from Clemson, joins a talented group that includes Sam Hubbard, D.J. Reader, and Logan Wilson. The secondary features cornerbacks D.J. Turner and Sidney Jones, who were both signed as free agents, and safety Jordan Battle, the team's third-round draft pick from Alabama.
The Bengals are not without flaws, however. The running game is still a question mark, as neither Joe Mixon nor Chase Brown, the team's fifth-round draft pick from Illinois, proved to be consistent or durable during the preseason. The team also lost some key players in free agency, such as safety Jessie Bates III, who signed with the Atlanta Falcons, and tight end Hayden Hurst, who signed with the Carolina Panthers.
Can the Bengals keep up their momentum and make it three division titles in a row? Both the team and the fans have high expectations for 2023, and rightfully so. Their roster keeps improving under the leadership of savvy coach Zac Taylor, however, they also face stiff competition in their own division, as well as in the AFC. The Bengals will need to stay healthy, play smart, and execute well if they want to make it three in a row and clinch their first Lombardi Trophy.
How did the Cincinnati Bengals perform in the 2022 NFL Season?
The Bengals had a remarkable 2022 season, reaching the conference finals for the second time in a row, which is the first time they do it in franchise history. They finished the regular season with a 12-4 record, winning the AFC North division and securing the second seed in the AFC playoffs.
After a disappointing 0–2 start, the Bengals quickly turned around, winning 12 out of their last 14 games to match their franchise-best record of 12–4 for the fourth time, with remarkable regular season wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers on week 11, the Kansas City Chiefs on week 13, the Cleveland Browns on week 14, and the Baltimore Ravens on week 18.
In the playoffs, the Bengals had to meet the Ravens for the third time this season, now in the Wild Card round. The Bengals won 24-17 thanks to a fumble recovery and a 98-yard touchdown return by defensive end Sam Hubbard. They then beat the Buffalo Bills 27-10 in the Divisional round, despite playing in snowy conditions. However, they could not overcome the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, as a late penalty by defensive end Joseph Ossai helped set up a game-winning field goal by Kansas City.
Despite having a good overall season and reaching the divisional championship game, the roster’s performance wasn’t as good as the previous one, with Joe Burrow only ranking as the 5th best quarterback this season, throwing for 4,475 yards and 35 touchdowns, and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase only had 1,046 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, ranking in 16th place for receiving yards, not improving on his rookie season. The Bengals’ defense was anchored by defensive end Trey Hendrickson, who had eight sacks, and safety Jessie Bates III, who had four interceptions, also behind 2021’s numbers.
Who did the Cincinnati Bengals acquire in the 2023 NFL Draft?
The Bengals picked the following players from the draft this season:
- Round 1, Pick 238: Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson
- Round 2, Pick 60: D.J. Turner, CB, Michigan
- Round 3, Pick 95 (from Kansas City): Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
- Round 4, Pick 131: Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue
- Round 5, Pick 163: Chase Brown, RB, Illinois
- Round 6, Pick 206: Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton
- Round 6, Pick 217 (from Kansas City): Brad Robbins, P, Michigan
- Round 7, Pick 246: D.J. Ivey, CB, Miami
Who else did the Bengals sign for the 2023 Season?
After the roster cut in late August, these are the signings that made it to the 53-Man list:
- Cody Ford, G, Arizona Cardinals (Free Agent)
- Orlando Brown Jr., T, Kansas City Chiefs (Free Agent)
- Nick Scott, S, Los Angeles Rams (Free Agent)
- Irv Smith Jr., TW, Minnesota Vikings (Free Agent)
Other signings who didn’t make the cut were either put in the reserve list or the practice squad are:
- Sidney Jones, CB, Las Vegas Raiders (Free Agent, Practice squad)
- Tautala Pesefea, DT, Arizona State (Undrafted Free Agent, Reserve list)
- Devonnsha Pesefea, DT, Chattanooga (Undrafted Free Agent, Reserve list)
- Shaka Heyward, LB, Duke (Undrafted Free Agent, Practice squad)
- Shedrick Jackson, WR, Auburn (Undrafted Free Agent, Practice squad)
- Jaxson Kirkland, G, Washington (Undrafted Free Agent, Practice squad)
- Tyler Murray, LB, Memphis (Undrafted Free Agent, Practice squad)
Cincinnati Bengals Key Matchups in 2023
The Bengals’ race for their third divisional title in a row looks challenging, as they need to face some of the toughest rivals, including the current Super Bowl champions. Will they be able to do it? Some of their featured games include:
Week 3 vs. Los Angeles Rams: This upcoming Monday Night Football showdown marks the first encounter between these teams since the thrilling Super Bowl LVI, where the Rams narrowly defeated the Bengals in a game that remained suspenseful until the final minute. The Rams are determined to bounce back from their disappointing 5-12 record in 2022, while the Bengals are eager for redemption.
Week 11 at Baltimore Ravens: This Thursday Night Football clash showcases a classic rivalry between two formidable AFC North squads that have a history of intense battles on the gridiron. It will also highlight the matchup between two exceptional quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow.
Week 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers: This game brings together two divisional rivals on the day before Christmas Eve, promising an intense and physically demanding matchup. While the Steelers have often emerged victorious in their playoff encounters with the Bengals, this season, the Bengals are determined to challenge that historical trend.
Week 18 vs. Cleveland Browns: There's nothing quite like a classic matchup between two divisional foes to conclude the regular season. This game carries significant importance for both teams, as the Bengals aim to secure their third consecutive AFC North title, while the Browns seek to return to the playoffs after a two-season absence.