Under the bright lights of Monday Night, the Bengals managed very little productivity and even less creativity on offense and fell 27 – 3 to the division rival Steelers and moved to 0 – 4 on the season. With only 244 yards of total offense, the Bengals looked totally lost and still have no semblance of a running game. Andy Dalton was unable to keep up his incredible pace for passing yards on the season. Dalton only managed 171 yards with an interception and a fumble lost. To be fair the offensive line was complete sieve.
It won’t help that John Ross was injured during the game and is now expected to miss at least two weeks. A.J. Green, who was hopeful for a week 5 debut during the preseason, is now expected to also miss at least the next two weeks. There have also been trade rumors surrounding the star wideout, who will become a free agent at season’s end. At 0 – 4 it looks to be a lost season for the Bengals so a trade of A.J. Green, who would be lost at the end of the season anyway, looks like more and more of a viable option.
Surprisingly enough, in spite of the tough 0-4 start, the Bengals adjusted win total for the season is still Over/ Under 6 wins; the same as it was in the preseason. I feel like that probably should have been shaded down to 5.5 given the Bengals current record and state of the team. Cincinnati’s schedule the rest of the way is pretty average and very comparable to the strength of schedule through the first four weeks.
How the A.J. Green Situation Will Affect the Bengals Odds for NFL Week 5
The A.J. Green situation will go a long way towards how this season plays out. His presence on the field would be huge for this team and this young talented receiving core. If Green is able to make it back on the field for the Bengals I believe things can turn it around and Cincinnati will be much more competitive. If he misses even more time or winds up getting traded it could mean disaster for the hopes of the 2019 Bengals.
It has been a rough start for first year head coach Zac Taylor and the Bengals who will look for their first win this Sunday at home as 3-point favorites against the Arizona Cardinals. It is a good chance for the Bengals as they take on the Cardinals who are also coached by a winless first year head coach in Cliff Kingsbury. Cliff likes to throw the ball… a lot. Rookie Kyler Murray has thrown the ball 169 times through the first four games. Don’t expect that to change on Sunday. Especially given Pittsburgh’s short passing game success this past Monday night.
The total for this game has opened at 47.5 and I for one expect a shootout this Sunday in Cincinnati. The 0 – 3 – 1 Cardinals will also be looking to get into the win column this week and I expect them to really unleash Kyler Murray on the ground. The Bengals will need to answer offensively which means create more time for Andy Dalton. Something that I know will be addressed this week in practice.