Cincinnati Bengals: A quick look at Week 2 opponent San Francisco
By Steve Rivera
Week 2 brings the San Francisco 49ers to town, as the Cincinnati Bengals look to get their first win on the 2019 season.
The Cincinnati Bengals get another NFC West team in the 1-0 San Francisco 49ers. The Niners were 31-17 winners at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. For Zac Taylor, he’ll be looking for his first career win as a head coach. For quarterback Andy Dalton, he’ll look to keep the momentum going.
Week 2 will be a showdown between two teams who have big names at quarterback, and two teams who need to get them going and keep them going. Dalton was nothing short of spectacular in the loss in Seattle, going 35 of 51 for 418 yards and two touchdowns. It’s a hopeful sign for fans that the Taylor era is off and running with more great things to come from the veteran quarterback.
For San Francisco, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been an interesting watch this past preseason and in Week 1. 49ers fans were probably hoping for better than what they have seen so far, but after a knee injury that knocked him out early in 2018, that wait may last longer into the season.
Week 1 for Garoppolo was at best, pedestrian. His line in Tampa was 18 of 27, 166 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. San Francisco was helped by a disastrous performance from Jameis Winston who threw three interceptions.
The Niners are something of an unknown heading into 2019. Hope in the Bay Area was high last season before the Garoppolo injury. With Arizona looking at another potential last-place finish, San Francisco fans are hoping for a fight with Seattle for second place behind favorite Los Angeles.
The Bengals get a Week 2 opponent having to go back on the road and travel to the Eastern Time Zone. That may be something of a gift for Cincinnati who will look to even up their season record before heading out for back to back road games at Buffalo and AFC North rival Pittsburgh to close out the first quarter of the 2019 season.