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BENGALS PUNT ON TRADE DEADLINE
The Cincinnati Bengals are 5-3 and in second place in the AFC North by percentage points. So what do they do at the trade deadline? They punt. I see it as a missed an opportunity this week to display some new stripes. In other words, instead of rolling the proverbial dice to pick up a few upgrades in talent for positions they could use (TIGHT END especially, linebacker, corner, or at least reinforcements for either of the offensive or defensive fronts). Year after year the Cincinnati ownership and front office seem content to be competitive pretenders. It's not a Super Bowl or bust mentality, instead it is just try not to lose too much. Injuries hap[pen to every team, and sometimes their young backups or free agents off the street who can step in. However, winning teams like the Philadelphia Eagles last season's champs, or the New England Patriots, are willing to send a way a draft pick for someone who can fill a void now. That's why those are the most recent Super Bowl winners in the NFL. Cincinnati was unwilling to part with future players for the sake of winning today. Sometimes the window is only there so long, Quarterback Andy Dalton (31) and all-world wideout A.J. Green (30) are both now in their early 30s. A.J. has a boot around one of his feet and may miss a game or two. They have been in the playoffs without winning, but if they got a little help they might actually advance past the first round. The Bengals have been decimated at tight end, as only one (C. J. Uzomah) of the four tight ends they had going into training camp is not injured. That limits the Bengals and their offensive coordinator Bill Lazor from using their two tight end formations. Two tight end packages are tough for a defense to read, you can't tell if it is going to be a pass play or a run. It also allows a team to have a more physical running attack. Which lets a team dictate time possession and keeps their defense on the sidelines, fresh and less injury prone. Speaking of the defense, it is ranked LAST in the NFL in net total yards, and they are giving up an embarrassing 29.6 points a game. The defense has had some key injuries at linebacker, cornerback, and the defensive front. Can you imagine though if this team had gotten in a couple of proven solid players? Would it brighten up the locker room and hopes for the second half of the season that has tough road games coming up? Yes it would. Don't be surprised if the Bengals are 8-7 or 9-6 going into the Pittsburgh game at the end of the year needing to win against the Steelers just to get in the playoffs. And yeah those Steelers have beaten the Bengals seven times in a row. Then again, that is hitting the perceived goal of the Bengal front office, pretending to be competitive and losing in nearly every big game.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Cincinnati Bengals
Source Sunday Night Football will see Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs take on a resurgent Cincinnati Bengals at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Bengals are coming off the back of a difficult 28-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in week 6. Kansas City are also coming off their first loss of the season after being outgunned 43-40 by the Patriots. CHIEFS All has not been well with Kansas City Chiefs defensively this season. No team should be losing an NFL game after mustering 40 points, even if you play against the best QBs in the division. On Monday against the Patriots, the passing defence conceded 340 yards and a touchdown to Tom Brady. The run defence also allowed 173 yards and 3 touchdowns. Chiefs’ offensive game has been their savoir this season. Patrick Mahomes and the offence have surmounted every barrier in front of them so far. In their last-second loss to the Patriots, Mahomes threw for 352 yards and 4 touchdowns. Karem Hunt also averaged 8 yards per carry and enjoyed 105 yards in the receiving game. If they are to become serious superbowl contenders, then their defence will need to match the strength of their offensive game. BENGALS Defensively, the Bengals defence is usually a solid one. However, they couldn’t match the offensive game of Pittsburgh Steelers in last week’s loss. Roethlisberger’s game caused them serious trouble. He enjoyed 369 yards and a game-winning touchdown. While he inflicted damage in the air, James Conner ran them ragged on the ground with 111 yards and 2 scores. The defence won’t have a lesser task on Sunday when they face Kansas City Chiefs. Joe Mixon had a good game against rival Steelers with 64 yards on 11 carries. He will need to improve that for the Bengals to register a victory. Quarterback Andy Dalton could only register 5.5 yards per attempt and was sacked 3 times contributing to the overall subdued showing against the Steelers. He will need to be at his best to help his team to victory on Sunday. TEAM NEWS Kansas City top-pass rusher Justin Houston is nursing a hamstring injury while Centre Mitch Morse suffered concussion in the Patriots game. Achilles and Heel issues continue to beset Safety Eric Berry. The Bengals have a few injured who are still being assessed. Darqueze Dennard has a left shoulder injury and had to play the second half against the Steelers wearing a sling while linebacker Nick Vigil is out with a serious left knee injury. Tight end Tyler Kroft is injured with a broken bone in the foot, while fellow Tight end Tyler Eifert suffered a season-ending injury earlier in the season against the Falcons. Nick Vigil’s absence for the Bengals cannot be understated. He is going to be a serious miss for them. They are also a team ranked close to the bottom in some categories in the NFL. 28th in passing yards and 29th in total yards allowed per game. Lewis and his boys have a serious job on their hands to win this game. This looks like a victory for the Kansas City Chiefs.