Cincinnati Bengals: AFC North Week 1 Game Scenarios

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cincinnati Bengals: AFC North Week 1 Game Scenarios
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Bengals vs Jets 

Going into this battle, Marvin’s Men look like the walking wounded. Players have nicks and bruises that could be key factors towards the outcome. Preseason wasn’t kind to the guys in stripes. It seemed as if there were injuries every other day of training camp.

The versatile Jake Fisher is nursing an injury (ankle) but is expected to start. After watching his injury against the Detroit Lions, the fact that he’s penciled in is great.

Tyler Kroft has yet to be seen on the practice field. He suffered a knee sprain that kept him from all four preseason games. Working him into action will be an on-the-job process. Um, who’s the temporary Tyler Eifert clone, if he can’t perform?

The heir apparent to departed Andre Smith, Cedric Ogbuehi, is still nursing an injured toe. He has yet to see extended action in the trenches. Could Smith’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings be bigger than expected? Look for veteran Eric Winston to become an important piece of the puzzle…again.

If Andy Dalton plays with the fire he had before Week 14, the Bengals should take the opener. Dalton has to put the team needs ahead of his pride and resist the urge to judo chop defensive linemen.

Even if this game feels like a gimme, there can be no looking ahead to Week 2 and the Stilluhs. Is it an early trap game? It could be. But, Lewis will hopefully have the troops properly motivated.

Next: Quoth The Raven

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