The Cincinnati Bengals’ home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers will pave the way for early success in the Joe Burrow era.
The last time the team opened up at home was in 2017, against the Baltimore Ravens, in which they lost 0-20 and finished their season with a record of 7-9. Not the best year for the boys in Orange and Black. This time around, they’ll aim to flip the script and capitalize on the opportunity.
The Bengals don’t just open, but also close the season at Paul Brown Stadium in 2020, which head coach Zac Taylor will have to take advantage of. This will be a vital game for the new talent coming to the Bengals.
The number one pick of the draft, Joe Burrow, will almost assuredly be making his first start. All eyes will be on the LSU product as he attempts to make the transition to the NFL.
Newly drafted wide receiver Tee Higgins and linebacker Logan Wilson are also set to make their first starts as well, making this contest incredibly important for these potential stars to blossom and succeed in the future.
Not to mention, the Bengals first-round pick last year, Jonah Williams (who had a left shoulder injury that caused him to miss his entire rookie campaign) will be making his NFL debut.
Of course, you can’t forget how busy the Bengals were in free agency, signing former New Orlean Saint, Vonn Bell, along with a number of other defensive backs, who will pair nicely with the rest of the secondary. The newest additions will have their chemistry tested against the dangerous receiving threats the Chargers possess.
Bengals’ coaches and fans will be able to see how well the new roster gels during this game and whether the new-found aggressive approach yields immediate success.
The Bengals look good on paper, but so did the Cleveland Browns of last year. The divisional rivals experienced poor chemistry and failed in many aspects they thought they wouldn’t. This first game will be a test for Zac Taylor, Joe Burrow, and the rest of the Bengals’ new additions to see if they can unite the team and lead them to a successful season.