AFC North

Chiefs-Bengals Features Explosive Offenses

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The Kansas City Chiefs will look to push their win streak to nine games against the explosive Cincinnati Bengals. This matchup of Chiefs-Bengals features explosive offenses on both sides. Even though there are 22 players on the field in a football game, the attention of this game will be on Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow. With elite quarterback play present on both sides, points should be plentiful on Sunday. Burrow is coming off a 525-yard passing game, the most in the NFL this season. While the Chiefs have established weapons in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, the Bengals have multiple emerging stars on offense. Three of these emerging weapons are the wide receiver trio of JaMarr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. This wide receiver trio totaled 404 yards receiving on 22 catches and also had 3 touchdowns.

Covid-19 Update

Per Thursday’s Reserve/Covid List, the Chiefs currently have no players inactive due to Covid. The only two players who didn’t practice Thursday were Joe Thuney (illness) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder). The Bengals are also healthy in comparison to the rest of the NFL. There are only 4 Bengals on the list, none of which are starters.

Inside the Numbers

Sacks Allowed: The ability to keep the quarterback clean could help dictate the score of this game. The Chiefs rank 8th in the NFL only allowing 27 sacks this season. On the contrary, the Bengals have struggled to protect Burrow all year, allowing 47 sacks this season. That puts the Bengals at 30th (3rd worst) in the NFL.

Chasing History: Both Joe Burrow and JaMarr Chase have a chance to make history on Sunday. Burrow needs 129 passing yards and 4 touchdowns to break Andy Dalton’s Bengal records. Chase would need a career day to break Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson’s record for most receiving yards in Bengal’s history. In order to break Johnson’s record, Chase will need 278 yards to break his receiving yards record. How well the Chiefs’ defensive backs play will be a big factor in the outcome of this game.

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Just Win: After starting the year at 3-4, the Chiefs have a chance to win their 9th straight game. Even with a win, the Chiefs will need help to secure the #1 overall seed in the AFC. If Miami defeats Tennessee, the Chiefs would clinch the first overall seed.

Matchups to Watch for

Chiefs’ Offensive Tackles vs Trey Hendrickson: After racking up 13.5 sacks with the Saints, the Bengals acquired defensive end, Trey Hendrickson. Hendrickson has already topped last season’s total with 14 sacks on the year. While Hendrickson does occasionally move around, he mostly lines up across from the left tackle. This means that Hendrickson will go head to head with Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. The winner of this matchup could go a long way in determining the outcome of Sunday’s game.

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Covering Kelce: The Chiefs will get All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce back for Sunday’s game. This creates matchup nightmares for a Cincinnati team that struggles to defend the tight end. The Bengals rank 30th in receiving yards allowed to tight ends this year, giving up 997 yards so far this season. In his last game, Kelce set a career-high mark with 191 yards.

Stopping the Dynamic Trio: The defensive backs for the Chiefs have a tall order in trying to stop the wide receiver trio for the Bengals. JaMarr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd have combined for 2,947 yards this season. This ranks 2nd in the NFL for any wide receiver trio. This will put immense pressure on the Chiefs’ secondary to continue their high level of play.

Game Prediction

This game of top tier AFC teams should be an exciting one. Both teams have high powered offenses that are capable of lighting up the score board. A deciding factor in this came will be who plays better in the trenches. After a bismal performance in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs prioritized revamping their offensive line. This has proven to be a smart move. Also, the Chiefs turned a weakness into a strength. The Chiefs struggled to get pressure on the quarterback, so they went out and got veteran defensive end Melvin Ingram. A combination of superior offensive and defensive line play along with veteran play on both sides of the balls will prove to be too much for the Bengals. My final score prediction is Chiefs 37 Bengals 24.

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