Bengals Vs. Chiefs: What Cincinnati Needs to Do to Stay in the Win Column

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Nov 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) scores a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

 

The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off a stellar performance against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. Andy Dalton threw a career-high four touchdown passes, all to different players. The offensive-line prevented a ferocious New York front-four from notching any sacks. The secondary practically shut down the Giants potent receivers, and created four turnovers. In essence, when it came time to look at the tapes, there probably wasn’t a whole lot to be upset about.

The real question is: Can the Bengals carry that momentum into a playoff run? If they’re going to, that run starts with a visit to Arrowhead stadium at 1:00 on Sunday afternoon, as the Bengals try to improve to an even record against the 1-8 Chiefs.

Many major statistics seems to suggest the Kansas City Chiefs don’t have the capability to match Cincinnati. Besides the fact that they have dropped their past six contests and are winless at home, the Chiefs rank in the bottom third (26th) in passing yards per game, which is where the Bengals have had issues on defense this season. However, what the record and passing yards does not show is the ability of the Chiefs to move the ball. Collectively, they’ve acquired 30 more first downs than the opponents they have faced. They also manage exactly 350 yards per game, in part due to the effective ground game behind running back Jamaal Charles. What’s even more, is that their defense is actually quite sound, especially against the pass attack that the Bengals rely on so much.

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