There is still a great deal of talent on that line, but they must step up to help the injured secondary. The Minnesota Vikings offensive line is firing on all cylinders and are playing their hearts out, so the Bengals may have their work cut out for them. This could be a very big game for Domata Peko as he should disrupt rushing lanes to make Matt Cassel beat them. Even then, the Bengals must get pressure and not give Cassel all the time in the world.
This is arguably the most intriguing aspect of this game.
Yes, Chad Greenway and Harrison Smith have done exceptionally well this year, but the Bengals can use Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert as key mismatches. Gresham is great with yards after the catch, and Eifert can catch as a wide receiver. It’s odd that Gruden has not used these players to their full potential and this game would be a great time to do so, so that Dalton can grow his confidence with them.
If the Bengals want to move the ball, they should not be afraid to attack the middle of the field.
Mentally, the Bengals had done well all season, but this was a very big blunder to the team as they could have had the #2 seed. Now, they may be playing not only for that seed, but even a playoff spot. Marvin Lewis must help his team keep composure throughout this game and not allow them to look forward to the next game.
If the Bengals get smacked in the mouth by the Vikings, Marvin Lewis is completely under fault, so watch the mentality of this team on Sunday.
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