Cincinnati Bengals: 3 who need a big game in Seattle for Week 1
By Steve Rivera
Zac Taylor will finally take the wraps off of an offense fans and the league has yet to see. That’s a simple way of saying if there are surprises to be unveiled, Week 1 against a team like the Seattle Seahawks is the time to show off a few.
In a perfect world, an opponent like Seattle happens a few weeks into the season. That said, it’s one heck of a test for a first time head coach and the aspirations of a city hungry for a winner.
Taylor has a chance to make an impact early. A win against the Seahawks and that insane 12th Man would be immediate credibility for a rookie head coach and the team he has charge of.
Winning in Week 1 against this opponent will be a tall order. He’ll need an offensive game plan that functions at a high level for 60 minutes, offers few if any turnovers, and is effective against what will be a hyper-aggressive defense lead by Clowney.
Taylor has the benefit of having worked for a winner in Los Angeles. He’ll have some offensive wrinkles and might need to take a risk or two his predecessor would not have taken.
Week 1 in Seattle is a lot of things for this rookie head coach. It’s also a huge test that provides little room for error.