Going into their third preseason game, the Cincinnati Bengals sit at 1-1 with a lot of ups and downs. The Bengals are widely predicted to be at or near the bottom of the AFC North and multiple injuries have not helped those predictions.
The biggest loss, of course, has been the injury of A.J. Green. That, combined, with the lingering injuries of John Ross have left the receiving corps depleted. The Bengals will need their young receivers to step up. Auden Tate, in his second year, has the potential to make some moves and get more playing time this year. He is 6’5″ and has big play ability, but was not able to put it all together last year to get any serious playing time. The Bengals will need Tyler Boyd to play like he did last year if they want to be a serious passing threat in the first few weeks of the season.
The Bengals are fairly set at running back with Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard. However, rookie Trayveon Williams got hurt and will likely be out for week one and maybe week two. The biggest problems with the running game this year for the Bengals is going to be the offensive line. Injuries combined with lack of talent will make for a tough year on the line for the Bengals.
Hopefully, the Bengals can surprise everyone and go like 5-11 in a rebuilding year.