Patricia didn’t reveal the information to the Lions (and he shouldn’t have), though there is a troubling aspect to a newspaper finding more things out with a public records search than a team does when hiring one of its highest-profile employees.
The league met with the Lions and Patricia last week to discuss the matter.
The case never went to trial, as the woman who made the accusation didn’t cooperate with prosecutors and testify against him.
Cincinnati faces the usual tests in the AFC North against rivals Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland, but this is a year in which the Bengals will find out whether the franchise is built to contend for the division title. Cincinnati faces the NFC South and AFC South this year, which means half of the road games are against playoff teams from last season.
Toughest tests: Facing two NFC South playoff teams on the road won’t be easy. Atlanta and Carolina also have two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. A split there would be a win for Cincinnati. A trip to Arrowhead Stadium against Kansas City won’t be easy, either. As for the rivalry games against Pittsburgh, keep in mind a Dec. 4 loss to the Steelers last season knocked the Bengals out of the AFC wild-card hunt.
Biggest breaks: Cincinnati doesn’t have to play New Orleans in the Superdome, and it avoids long-distance trips to Denver and Oakland. Despite the tough NFC matchups, the Bengals could go .500 or better against their road schedule.