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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 burning questions for the last week of preseason

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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 22: Damion Willis #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the preseason game against New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 22: Damion Willis #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the preseason game against New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – AUGUST 22: Zac Taylor (center in black) the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the action against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO – AUGUST 22: Zac Taylor (center in black) the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the action against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Head coach Zac Taylor felt no need to play running back Joe Mixon. Without a doubt, Mixon will be remarkably fresh when the Bengals open the season at the Seattle Seahawks.

Mixon has alluded to the Cincinnati offense resembling what fans have seen in Los Angeles with the Rams. While the jury is out on that claim, it’s curious if keeping a player like Mixon under wraps does or does not hurt the Bengals come September.

Like every other team, Cincinnati hits the ground running Week 1. Love or hate the exhibition season, it can, at the very least, give a team a chance to see how something may or may not work. While Taylor has received glowing reviews for how it looks in practice, the Bengals are still 1-2 in the preseason.

What fans will see come Week 1 is as much a mystery as anything you might imagine. Against the Giants, the Bengals rushing attack was anemic to nonexistent. How much Mixon being fresh changes that remain to be seen. But if Taylor is counting on it just working come the opener at Seattle, he could be in for a rude awakening.

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Week 4 against the Colts won’t tell fans much of anything. That said, the previous three weeks showed only a few flashes of what the Cincinnati Bengals might be in 2019, and that some of those questions will still be unanswered Week 1 in Seattle.

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