The league released the strength of schedule numbers for teams on Thursday and the Bengals are tied with Jacksonville for the 12th most difficult schedule.
Cincinnati's opponents went 130-126 last season. Of the 13 opponents, five made the playoffs last year (Patriots, Colts, Vikings, Packers and Ravens). Of the six games, five are at home.
At this time last year the Bengals were tied with Pittsburgh for the 14th toughest schedule in the league, with the opponents going 128-128. When the season ended, it was the second easiest.
In 2011, they had the sixth easiest when it was released.