If the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts game is postponed, it could actually benefit Zac Taylor’s squad in the long-run.
On Friday morning, the Indianapolis Colts revealed that they shut down their team facilities in response to several positive tests. The club is still in the process of confirming those tests and there is no word on the status of this weekend’s contest against the Cincinnati Bengals.
However, we’ve already seen multiple games get pushed back. If the week six clash between these two franchises becomes the next NFL game to get that sort of treatment, it could actually be very beneficial for Joe Burrow and co.
A postponement gives the Bengals a chance to get healthier
After a relatively healthy start to the season, the Bengals are beginning to get hard by injuries. They won’t get players back like Trae Waynes of D.J. Reader, but a delay gets them one game closer to receiving reinforcements from a number of other guys.
Xavier Su’a Filo’s presence is badly needed on a floundering offensive line. The team could use Sam Hubbard and Mike Daniels back after dealing with a number of other losses along the defensive trenches. Mackensie Alexander may not be ready for this weekend, and extra time would allow his return to solidify the secondary.
You also get the sense that A.J. Green is playing through a hamstring injury. An additional week would undoubtedly be welcomed by the struggling star.
The Bengals could figure out what happened last week
As every Cincinnati fan is already well aware, the Bengals were outclassed last week in Baltimore. The Ravens put together an outstanding game plan that stifled their rookie signal-caller and offensive attack. The team was forced to move on quickly to prepare for the Colt’s defense, a formidable unit in their own right.
If this weekend’s game were to get postponed, it would give Zac Taylor and the offensive players extra opportunity to figure out what happened against their divisional foes and ensure it doesn’t happen again.
There has to be concern that the rest of the league will review that Raven’s gameplan and attempt to replicate it when they play the Bengals. It is essential that they formulate a plan to counter it, for when they face other teams trying to copy that style and when they go to take on Baltimore for their second matchup.
There’s still a long way to go before fans find out if the game will be played this weekend or not, but a postponement would certainly be beneficial for the Cincinnati Bengals.