Stripe Hype podcast: Bengals offense will surprise


The Cincinnati Bengals offense was one of the worst in the league last season, but it will make a major turnaround in 2018.

The Cincinnati Bengals offense ranked last in the league last season when it came to yards per game. It was a poor performance by the entire offense and something that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will have to spice up with his new playbook to turn around. There are also significant players coming back from injury including tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver John Ross.

That’s right, I said it, I think John Ross is going to have a breakout season in 2018. While many Bengals fans have already written him off, I think he will come in with a chip on his shoulder and put his rookie season behind him. He has worked hard this offseason to get in shape and ready for the second year of his young NFL career.

The offensive line has improved with the additions of left tackle Cordy Glenn and first-round draft pick center Billy Price. With new offensive line coach Frank Pollack in town, I think we see a significant upgrade for the offensive line as well. This will open up the entire offense and allow veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to have time in the pocket to progress through his reads and receivers to get open.

Offensive line play will be a big part of getting the run game going as well. It wasn’t the entire problem last year as Lazor shied away from the running game for most of the season. Cincinnati ranked toward the bottom in rushing attempts last year and with running back Joe Mixon entering his second season with the club, I expect him to have more opportunities in 2018.

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