Bengals at Colts: 5 keys to victory

It is Week 1 of the regular season Bengals Hardy Nickerson Jersey , which means half of the teams in the NFL will be starting off the season on the right foot, while the other half will be behind the eight ball. What will the Bengals need to make sure they do in order to sneak out a win during their meeting with the Colts in Indianapolis?1.) Get Joe Mixon goingIt is no secret that a good running game makes any offense better. The more a team runs the ball efficiently, the more the defense will have to make sure they key in on that. Mixon didn’t have a great preseason running the ball. He only averaged 1.8 yards per carry behind the Bengals new offensive line. In order for the Bengals to take some wind out of the Colts’ sails, Mixon will have to be able to grind out some yards. The Bengals may also consider some throws to their young running back out of the backfield. Mixon averaged 16 yards per reception during the preseason, which included a 24-yard touchdown. The Bengals just need to get Mixon into the open field and let him do the rest.2.) Give Luck a welcome back party in the dirtThe Bengals had an outstanding preseason rushing the passer, and it is hard to imagine that changing much in Week 1. The Colts have tried to improve their offensive line over the seasons, but it still isn’t anything that should be able to slow down the likes of Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Carl Lawson. The more pressure the Bengals can get on Andrew Luck — who is playing in his first regular season game in over a year — the better.3.) Big plays to John RossI could sit here and write how the Bengals have to get the ball out to A.J. Green, but that is basically a given with this Bengals team. What would really secure a win is a guy like Ross having a few big plays. The second-year receiver was extremely hot and cold in the preseason. He had a few big plays, but he also had some plays where he dropped easy catches. For the Bengals to get the win, Ross needs to take advantage of the Colts’ weaker secondary for a few drive-changing plays. Also, just get his first NFL catch out of the way.4.) Protect Andy DaltonI know the Bengals have made a few improvements to their offensive line this offseason by bringing in Cordy Glenn at left tackle and drafting Billy Price to play center. There is still a huge question mark regarding whether Alex Redmond and Bobby Hart are the answers along the right side of the offensive line. It is pretty simple with the Bengals. They have all the offensive weapons to make Dalton look good, but if they allow the defense to rattle Dalton, then the results won’t be that much different from last season.5.) Turnovers Cheap Joe Mixon Jersey , turnovers and more turnoversUsually. this would be classified as a generic key to victory. We have all heard “if you win the turnover battle then you win the game.” The reason as to why this important for the Bengals is because they were so bad at this last season. The only team to create less turnover last season was the 0-16 Cleveland Browns. In fact, a turnover is what decided the last meeting between the Colts and Bengals last season. Dunlap batted a pass at the line of scrimmage, intercepted it and returned it for a touchdown. It would make new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin extremely happy to see his defense generate some turnovers after making it an emphasis this offseason.AFC North standings and Week 5 recap The 2018 AFC North is both far more competitive and chaotic than last year, as Week 5 in the NFL has come to a close. Just a couple of games separate all four teams, while each squad has endured respective peaks and valleys through the first five weeks. Here’s a quick recap of the wild weekend the AFC North went through: Dolphins 17, Bengals 27:As of Sunday, the team who has been most steady in the division is the Cincinnati Bengals. Thanks to another thrilling win against the Miami Dolphins, Marvin Lewis’ squad is sitting on top of the AFC North at 4-1. In the first half, absolutely nothing went right for the Bengals. Andy Dalton threw a red zone interception, Randy Bullock had a gimme field goal opportunity blocked and then Cincinnati’s special teams let up a 70-yard punt return touchdown with 0:22 left in the half. But, after falling to 17-0 midway in the third quarter, the Bengals came roaring back in dramatic fashion. They scored 27 unanswered points to grab the win, largely thanks to two defensive touchdowns. In their four wins this season, the Bengals have won in all kinds of manners and venues. Whether it’s facing big second-half deficits Cheap Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey , maintaining a large lead, and/or winning on the primetime stage against a solid division rival, “The Cardiac Cats” have been incredibly fun to watch. Ravens 9, Browns 12 (OT):Meanwhile, across the state, the Cleveland Browns were finally looking for a true signature win, despite so many bad breaks so far this season. Hosting their division rival Baltimore Ravens, the Browns won an overtime field goal-fest to remain in the AFC North picture. In just his second NFL start, Baker Mayfield got the Browns a much-needed victory. He only threw for one touchdown with his 342 passing yards, but his scrappiness kept Cleveland afloat the entire day. Going into Sunday’s contest, Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ offense was averaging nearly 31 points per game. However, Cleveland’s frustrating defense held them in check, allowing just nine points in the slobber-knocker. Flacco had 298 yards passing, but zero touchdowns and an interception. The Browns have a much improved defense Bengals Ryan Glasgow Jersey , and it showed with a two-sack performance on Sunday against Baltimore. The Ravens are kind of hard to figure out at the moment. They’ve done well outside of the division, but are 0-2 in the all-important AFC North contests, including a Week 2 Thursday Night Football loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati. Cleveland is very sneaky this season. In their three non-victories (two losses and a tie) this year, the Browns’ margin of loss is a combined six points. Falcons 17, Steelers 41:Then, there is the Jekyll-and-Hyde Steelers. Pittsburgh has put up a lot of points this year, but it hasn’t always equated to wins. However, the high-flying Falcons arrived at Heinz Field this weekend after losing a heart-breaker to the Bengals last Sunday. Pittsburgh took it to Atlanta on the arm of Ben Roethlisberger. He threw three touchdowns—two to Antonio Brown and one to JuJu Smith-Schuster—en route to a 41-17 drubbing of the Falcons. Brown had been disgruntled going into Week 5, but a 100-yard day with two touchdowns should temporarily quell his frustrations. On offense, the Steelers remained without star running back Le’Veon Bell, who remains a holdout with his contract situation. James Conner had another nice day in relief, accounting for 185 yards from scrimmage (110 rushing, 75 receiving) and two scores on the ground. Pittsburgh’s defense seemed to be a shell of itself in previous weeks, but really clamped down on the usually-explosive Falcons offense. The Steelers had been giving up an average of 29 points per game
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