Josh Kirkendall of Cincy Jungle lays out what we need to know about the Bengals offense.
The KC Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend in a game that has the Chiefs as underdogs. Cincy is a 3.5-point favorite in the game and not many folks are expecting the Chiefs to win this game.
We'll start to get to know the Bengals by starting on the offensive side of the ball. Josh Kirkendall of Cincy Jungle was kind enough to break down what we should expect to see on Sunday.
Take it away, Josh...
1. Cincinnati really doesn't have an option in the passing game after A.J. Green. Granted, guys like tight end Jermaine Gresham have risen, but nothing near the consistency needed to really open Green up. Yes, we feel he could be much, much greater than what he's shown so far.
2. We're a little excited about rookie Mohamed Sanu, who caught four passes during Cincinnati's 31-13 win last week, three of them converting third and fourth downs (one of which turned into a touchdown). He's a big body guy with great control and soft hands that plays like a power forward at times.
3. But don't expect any trouble from our rushing offense. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is lead-footed and slow approaching the line of scrimmage. No explosion. Cincinnati has a fairly effective offensive line, and two of the league's top-ten rated guards according to Pro Football Focus, but they're not sustaining the blocks for a turtle like Green-Ellis. Don't get me wrong. I'm not ripping Green-Ellis either. It was never the team's intention to make Green-Ellis a 20 carry per game feature back; more like a short-yardage stone during goal line situations andthird down conversions.
4. Also keep your eye on Andy Dalton. We love this kid; he has those intangibles that you desire with a second-year kid, beautifully developing into a leader. He has a short memory and a personality that players, young and old, are compelled to follow. But there are times he frustrates us; notably his anxiousness in the pocket. If his immediate reads aren't there (aka, wherever A.J. Green is), he shifts nervously in the pocket and will scramble when there's no need. On the other hand he showed tremendous courage last week, standing in the pocket despite playing the Giants front four. He was rewarded with one knockdown and no quarterback sacks; that could be a tremendous confidence boost that we hope goes a long way.