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The Gang Plays the Philadelphia Eagles: Bengals vs. Eagles Week 3 Preview

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By Sam Connaughton September 25, 2020 0 Comment
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The Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles are in desperate need of a win to save their season and rejuvenate fan bases that desperately need it.

The Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles will play each other on Sunday. The game means so much as both teams are looking for their first win of the 2020 regular season. Both teams are off to disappointing starts and are hoping that a win on Sunday will “turn the tide” of the young regular season. Brawl Network writers Kyle Smith and Sam Connaughton are here to tell you what to watch for in this potential titanic struggle on Sunday in Philadelphia.

When the Cincinnati Bengals are on offense

SC: The best way to protect a rookie quarterback is to get the run game going. So far this season, the Bengals have struggled on the ground. Joe Mixon, who the Bengals gave a four year contract extension to this offseason, just has 115 yards rushing this year. That ranks tied for 21st in the NFL. That isn’t going to cut it. The offensive line and Mixon have to figure out the run game this weekend for the Bengals to have any chance this Sunday.

Running on the Philadelphia Eagles defense is easier said than done. They tout one of the best defensive lines in the league. Stop me if you have heard that before. The Bengals have played two great defensive lines through two weeks and that won’t change in Week 3. The Eagles have Malik Jackson, Josh Sweat and Fletcher Cox. Sweat grades as the 6th best edge rusher according to PFF. Jackson and Cox are graded as top 15 interior defensive lineman according to PFF. The Bengals have their work cut out for them trying to establish the run but if they are able to do it, they put themselves in a great spot for a W.


When the Philadelphia Eagles are on offense

KS: The Eagles have been noticeably lacking in the receiving department for the last two seasons. That won’t get any better in this week’s matchup. Jalen Reagor, the Eagles’ first-round draft pick, suffered a torn ligament in his thumb that could have him miss up to eight weeks. On top of that, Alshon Jeffery will not return to action until mid October.

The Bengals secondary has been injured with Trae Waynes on IR and Shawn Williams missing the first two games. However, Williams looks like a lock to return to the field on Sunday to give the Bengals a few three safety looks. The Bengals will be able to load up the box and stop the Eagles running attack forcing Carson Wentz to throw to a battered receiving corp. You have to like the Bengals in this particular matchup.


When the Cincinnati Bengals are on defense

KS: The Bengals defensive front was supposed to dominate in games. D.J. Reader and Mike Daniels were supposed to tear up the middle with Geno Atkins. Carlos Dunlap, Sam Hubbard, and Carl Lawson are one of the top pass rushing trios on paper. Unfortunately, the Bengals have not gotten to the quarterback nearly enough.

The Eagles lost tackle Andre Dillard before the season started. Their starting left tackle, Jason Peters, is a nearly retired 38 year old. Their starting right tackle is a 2020 fourth rounder in Jack Driscoll. Lane Johnson was limited in practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury.

The Bengals have to get to Carson Wentz and force him to throw quickly. Wentz has struggled under pressure this season, but has been a dominant quarterback in years past. Without a pass rush, the Bengals could open themselves to a Wentz resurgence.


When the Philadelphia Eagles are on defense

SC: The Philadelphia Eagles linebacker core could be put to the test on Sunday. I expect to see the Bengals come out with more five wide and empty backfield on Sunday. This could prove a tough match for us, something that is unheard of from rookie quarterbacks. After 61 pass attempts last Thursday, Burrow needs a rest and to not have the entire Bengals offense on his back.

Joe Mixon has back to back 1,000 yard seasons, but has struggled through two games. The offensive line has not done Mixon any favors, but he has to succeed if the Bengals are going to have any chance at winning this game.

SC: We saw how last week, Baker Mayfield played one of his best games of his career against this Bengals defense. Carson Wentz has been in a slump. Eagles fans and media are letting him hear about it. He will be without Reagor and Jeffrey this Sunday but he will have one of the best tight end duos in the league at his disposal. Both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are matchup nightmares and Wentz should look their way often.

Carson Wentz will be the deciding factor of this game. If he plays well, the Bengals could be in trouble. If he struggles like he has this season, the Bengals will go into Philadelphia and beat the Eagles this Sunday.

Prediction:

KS: Bengals 24 Eagles 20

SC: Eagles 24 Bengals 17 for a group that has struggled in the coverage department early on in the season.

You also have to factor that the Bengals will try and get Giovanni Bernard and Joe Mixon involved in the passing game early and often. From a matchup standpoint, the play of the Eagles linebackers could determine the overall outcome of this game.

X Factor of the Game:

KS: The Bengals MUST get the running game going. Joe Burrow leads all quarterbacks in pass attempts.


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