The Bengals – particularly Mike Zimmer and the defense – are licking their chops at the opportunity to play Thad Lewis. A third-year QB with just one NFL game in his career. In fact, last week at this time, Lewis was on the practice squad of a losing team with 2 rookies (one undrafted) in front of him on the depth chart. He was so irrelevant, that when he was named the starter on Monday, his player page on ESPN didn’t even list a height or weight for him! The Bengals should win just by showing up, right? In the words of Lee Corso, “Not so fast my friend!”
First, Lewis may only have one NFL game to his name, but in said game, he played for a terrible Browns team, on the road, against a good Pittsburgh defense, and completed 68.8% of his passes for 204 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and a respectable 83.3 rating.
Second, he was a 4 year starter in college with 67 TDs to 40 INTs and more than 10,000 yards. Sure, it was not at a good football school (Duke), but the kid has to be good (and smart) to start all 4 years in college. He is also the Duke record holder for TDs and yards, so he has to have some talent.