4. Attack Matt Elam and Corey Graham
The Bengals cannot be afraid to pull the trigger on certain plays. Last week, Ladarius Webb struggled a lot in the passing game, but Elam and Graham should be the focus on whom to attack. With the Bengals moving around AJ Green and the emergence of Marvin Jones, the Bengals have a potent offensive passing attack. In fact, they are 3rd in the NFL. While Matt Elam is showing some rookie struggles, the Bengals should use mismatches to their advantage and attack the seams with their two tight ends.
5. Win the Turnover Battle
The Bengals struggled early in the year with turnovers, and last week they struggled yet again. Dalton threw 3 interceptions, one on a late throw, one on a ball that was a bit behind the receiver, and one where Mohamed Sanu dropped it in the red zone and was popped for a hit. Dalton also lost a fumble on a sack, and was taken down for a safety in overtime. The Bengals must protect the football better and progress.
This is an inexperienced team, but they must hold onto the football. If they reduce a few of those turnovers, the Bengals’ record could be much better. They cannot afford to let the Ravens beat them in this department.