The Cincinnati Bengals travel to Arrowhead Stadium for a Week 1 preseason matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. By this time in the preseason, not even at the conclusion of the first week yet, everyone just wants the regular season to here. After watching preseason ball for a couple of games, the sloppy offense and miscues get old rather quickly.
It won’t be long until football that counts will be here, though. There also can be some spot plays to make some money in the preseason. It’s almost important not to go crazy and bust your bankroll on what amount to practice games.
Andy Reid has coached a lot of games in his career. His counterpart on the other side this evening, Zac Taylor, will be making his head coaching debut. Taylor comes over from the Rams after working as the quarterback coach in Los Angeles. It’s going to feel different without Marvin Lewis on the sidelines.
Lewis was hired in 2003 and was only behind Bill Belichick as the longest serving head coach on one team in the league. Bengals’ fans are going to be quite happy that they don’t have to see him this season, but don’t expect the world under Taylor right away.
It’s expected to be a difficult year for the Bengals and it doesn’t help that they won’t be without superstar wide receiver A.J. Green for the start of the season. John Ross, who is entering bust territory, is injured for the Bengals as well. That leaves the Bengal receiving depth in deep trouble already. Andy Dalton doesn’t have much to work with here. Naturally, he will be blamed for their struggles, but there are a lot of holes in this club.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs were a play away from going to the Super Bowl. Or I should say, Dee Ford lining up onside. Patrick Mahomes took the NFL by storm, shattering records in his first full season as the starter in KC. And with that, there are massive expectations for the Chiefs this year. After coming that close to the Super Bowl, it’s Super Bowl or bust already in his young career. They certainly put a target on their back. Head below for our free Bengals vs. Chiefs pick for Week 1 of the preseason.
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Chiefs’ fans are going to get a good look at Mahomes for the first time since that loss against the Patriots in the AFC Championship. Some coaches keep their quarterback situation close to their vest in the preseason, but Reid has already come out and said Mahomes will play the 1st quarter. That will allow the quick strike Kansas City offense to at least get two or three drives on the field in the preseason opener.
The Chiefs likely find the end zone once with their first-string out there. Cincinnati figure to have one of the worst defenses in the NFL. They’re going to give up a lot of points this season with little depth to speak of, so the Chiefs should be able to go to work early on the Bengals. While Tyreek Hill is not expected to play in this preseason game, the Chiefs’ offense likely make it work. And when Mahomes exits the game, they’re still going to have an experienced quarterback playing behind him.
Chad Henne, who has ten years of NFL experience, should be able to move the ball on the second stringers of the Bengals. Their first-string is not good at all, and a lack of depth behind them isn’t going to help. Henne is serviceable enough to have control of the offense. You’ll see often in the preseason that some quarterbacks have no idea what they’re doing under center. Henne likely isn’t going to have that issue.
Behind Dalton, the Bengals will turn to Jeff Driskel and Ryan Finley. When the ball gets to Driskel and Finley, they are going to have a thin receiving core to work with. With Green and Ross injured, Dalton isn’t going to have a host of targets to throw to in the 1st quarter, either.
The one thing working for the Bengals in this game is their head coach. Rookie head coaches like to get off to a quick start in the preseason. A lack of depth on offense and defense is going to hurt him here, though. Look for the Chiefs to get ahead early and force the Bengals to play from behind. The Bengals are going to be one of the worst teams in the league this season, and even though it’s the preseason, we’re going to see glimpses of it here. Consider the Chiefs to win by a touchdown to cover the 3.5 points at Arrowhead.