Bengals Place Hopes in Zac Taylor
Zac Taylor, the former quarterback coach of the Los Angeles Rams, takes over this year for Marvin Lewis. Lewis steered the Bengals ship since 2003 finishing his tenure with the most wins in franchise history and an overall winning record.
Bengals Current State
The issue for Lewis came from his 0-7 playoff record losing seven straight times in the AFC Wild Card Game. Lewis also led a still talented Bengals squad to under 500 seasons last three years. The Bengals have not made the playoffs since the 2015-2016 season.
Taylor comes in with two wide receivers in Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green capable of being All-Pro first team. Taylor also has a quarterback in Andy Dalton who has helmed five playoff teams in his stay at Cincinnati.
The Bengals hope wide receiver John Ross, running backs Joe Mixon, Rodney Anderson, and Giovani Bernard makes them explosive.
Taylor comes from the Rams who also are not short on offensive talent, so expectations are high for the offense to score often this season.
The offense may need to as the Bengals defense is a possible Achilles heel. The team will count on the solid play from their front seven in particular veterans Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, Preston Brown, and Carl Lawson.
The Bengals released veteran Vontaze Burfict and did not do enough, in my opinion, to add youth and talent on the defense. Their hopes hinge on new defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo.
Anarumo was a long-time defensive back coach most recently with the New York Giants in 2018. Anarumo will need to find creative ways to get pressure to the quarterback as the Bengals will need to coverup their pass coverage deficiencies. The AFC North has the potent offensive quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson.
Vegas believes the Bengals will win at least six games. The Bengals will struggle to win seven games this year. Therefore, the under is in play.
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