Cincinnati is also the first team to remain unscathed (and use only 53 players) through six games since 2012, when the Baltimore Ravens also did it. That squad rode its good fortune to a Super Bowl win.
Since 2005, the Bengals are the ninth team to make it this far into the season without making changes to their Week 1 roster, according to Stats, LLC. The combined record for the nine teams through six games, including the Bengals, is 39-15.
The 2009 Denver Broncos also were undefeated. But remaining injury-free through six weeks isn’t necessarily predictive of future health. Denver ended up needing to bring in multiple reinforcements and finished that season 8-8 and out of the playoffs.
In Sunday’s 34-21 win over the Buffalo Bills, a few Bengals limped off the field but none of the injuries are believed to be serious. Contrast that with the Bills (3-3), who have been one of the NFL’s most injury-ravaged teams.
Coach Rex Ryan’s squad lost three more starters and that is in addition to the nine roster moves needed to replace previously injured players, including starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The only club to be more decimated by the injuries than the Bills this season is the 2-4 Chicago Bears, who made 13 roster changes heading into Week 6.
- courtesy reporter Michael Salfino, The Wall Street Journal