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In 2013, the Bengals mounted a huge comeback to beat the Packers 34-30. The dramatic game symbolized the sly start to each team’s future. The ‘Bad Man’ Aaron Rodgers and the hard competitor Andy Dalton were both a step below where they are now.
The Bengals have a playoff roster but have always come short of making the postseason. Passing up the Steelers and Ravens is not as easy as it sounds, considering the inconsistencies each team experiences each season. Last season, the Bengals sat at a disappointing 6-9-1 record. However, you don’t know which side of the stick you will get with the Cincinnati Bengals. As of right now, we’ll put them as potential playoff contenders.
Bengals’ WR John Ross vs The Green Bay Secondary
History was made at the 2017 NFL Combine when Washington’s John Ross broke the record for the 40 yard dash; running a 4.22. This completely changed Ross’ draft stock from an early Day Two pick to a top-10 pick. Come Week 3, the speedy John Ross will face the revamped Packers secondary. Considering him a solidified slot receiver, there isn’t a determined one-on-one matchup. For now, we’ll focus on cornerback Damarious Randall, free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and strong safety Morgan Burnett. All of these players are fast to some extent, but not fast enough to match up with the 4.22 speed that Ross brings. Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers could potentially push Clinton-Dix back deeper in zone coverage; giving cushion all around the secondary.
Bengals’ WR AJ Green vs Packers’ Kevin King
This is a matchup we’re all excited to see. Yes, AJ Green will definitely have the upperhand and most likely cause havoc against King, but we have to stir up excitement for the battle at measurables. AJ Green stands at a monstrous 6’4 and 210 lbs while running a 4.5. Whereas King nearly sizes up with him, standing at 6’2 while running a 4.43. It is always exciting to see defenders who can match up physically with the new era of wide receivers and tight ends. King may not lock up Green for the game, but his measurables give him a slight advantage opposing to other defenders.
Bengals’ OLB Vontaze Burfict vs Packers’ TE Martellus Bennett
This matchup isn’t anything new. Last year when Martellus Bennett was a part of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl squad, Vontaze Burfict gave Bennett a piece of his mind:
Now, this totally unacceptable by all means sportsmanship wise. While Burfict can be as dirty as he wants to be, that wont help him from getting tossed by Martellus Bennett. Expect Marvin Lewis’ aggressive 4-3 defense get shredded by Aaron Rodgers and Co. Fully expect Bennett to put up big numbers at Lambeau this week.
QB Aaron Rodgers throws for more than 300 yards.
TE Martellus Bennett will grab 2 TD’s or more.
WR John Ross will have 140+ yards.
MLB Blake Martinez will have 12+ tackles
The Cincinnati Bengals are the only team Aaron Rodgers has yet to beat.
Bengals 27 Packers 34
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