Cincinnati Bengals Weeks 1-4 Preview

Cincinnati Bengals Week 1-Week 4 Preview: Opportunities To Be Had

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By Sam Connaughton September 10, 2020 0 Comment
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The Cincinnati Bengals start the season off with multiple potential statement games that will test the team early

Week 1: Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

The Skinny

The Bengals usher in the Joe Burrow era at Paul Brown Stadium with a game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chargers come off a disappointing 2019 and for the first time since 2004, Phillip Rivers will not be under center.

The team announced that Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback for the beginning of the season. This was expected, even though the franchise drafted quarterback Justin Herbert out of Oregon early in the 2020 NFL Draft. This game will serve as a potential statement game for two teams that are looking to start the season off on the right foot.

Chargers Players to Watch on Offense:

Along with Tyrod Taylor, the Chargers offense features wide reciever Kennan Allen, running back Austin Ekeler and tight end Hunter Henry. Those three could potentially give the new look Bengals defense problems this Sunday.

Chargers Players to Watch on Defense:

The Chargers defense acquired cornerback Chris Harris Jr. during the offseason to pair with cornerback Casey Heyward, and defensive back Desmond King. However, safety Derwin James is out for the season which is a huge hit for this Chargers secondary.

They also bolster one of the meanest and scariest pash rushing duos in the NFL with edge rushers Joe Bosa and Melvin Ingram. This defense will look to rain on Joe Burrow’s NFL debut in a big way come Week 1.

Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

The Skinny:

This is one of the statement games that the Bengals have early on in their schedule. This game is on Thursday Night Football. The Battle of Ohio has lost its luster as of late. That being said, both the Bengals and Browns are on the come up and this should be an electric game and Burrow’s first prime time game.

Browns Players To Watch For on Offense:

The Browns start with quarterback Baker Mayfield who is looking to bounce back after a sophomore year that left many Browns fans disappointed.

After that, it’s double trouble with this Cleveland offense. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry will headline the wide receiver core. David Njoku and free agent signing Austin Hooper will both have roles at tight end.

The best 1-2 punch at the running back position is in Cleveland. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have studs in the past and will be asked to be the straw that stirs the drink for a Browns offense that needs to take a step forward in 2020.

Browns Players to Watch on Defense:

Defensive end Myles Garrett is receiving Defensive Player of the Year buzz early. He and defensive end Olivier Vernon will look to be a top pass rushing duo in the NFL in 2020. In the secondary, third year cornerback Denzel Ward will look to become the All-Pro player the Browns thought they were getting when they drafted him in the top five in the 2018 NFL draft.

Week 3: Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles

The Skinny:

This will be the hardest game for the Bengals in the opening leg of the 2020 NFL season. Going to Philadelphia and playing a solid Eagles team will give Joe Burrow and the Bengals an opportunity to compete with a high caliber team early on in the season.

Eagles Players to Watch on Offense:

If Carson Wentz is on the field healthy, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The Eagles backfield feature Miles Sanders who is looking to breakout in his second season. The Eagles also tout two solid tight ends with All-Pro Zach Ertz and up and coming tight end Dallas Goedert.

Eagles Players to Watch On Defense:

The defensive line is led by former All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and defensive end Brandon Graham. The Eagles key off-season acquisition was cornerback Darius Slay. He will look to help a secondary that has struggled in the past couple of seasons.

Week 4: Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals

The Skinny:

The Bengals HAVE to win this game. The Jaguars are in the driver seat for the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes and have a good chance of going 0-16. This has Bengals win written all over it.

Jaguars Players to Watch on Offense:

Second year quarterback Gardner Minshew will look to improve on a “peaks and valleys” rookie season. He will have wide receiver D.J. Chark on an offense that lacks significant weapons, especially after the team released running back Leonard Fournette late in training camp.

Jaguars Players to Watch on Defense:

The Jaguars do have a bunch of young, talented pieces. Linebacker Myles Jack, edge rusher Josh Allen, rookie outside linebacker K’Lavion Chaisson and rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson will look to contribute this year and for years to come for the Jacksonville defense.

Prediction: The Bengals will be 2-2 after the first four games of the season. They have the fire power to beat a banged up Chargers team and a hopeless Jaguars team. If they were to beat either the Browns or Eagles, Bengals fans should be ecstatic. Either way, a 2-2 start would get the season off on the right foot and would already tie the Bengals 2019 record.

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