The Bengals‘ Week 1 opponent has been revealed! They’ll be hosting the Vikings on Sept. 12 and hopefully, we’ll get to see Joe Burrow in action for the first time since he was injured last season. That’ll be one of the biggest storylines in this game.
Another storyline that will get discussed is that Mike Zimmer, the Bengals’ former defensive coordinator, is making his first trip to Paul Brown Stadium since leaving the Bengals for the Vikings’ head coaching gig. Zimmer has been with the Vikings since 2014 and faced the Bengals back in 2017 with his Vikings winning 34-7.
Newcomer right tackle Riley Reiff will spend his first game as a Bengal blocking against his old teammates in Minnesota while Trae Waynes will be forced to defend against his old Vikings teammates. We’ll also see two speedsters from LSU in this game, albeit on different teams, as Ja’Marr Chase will make his NFL debut as a Bengal, and Justin Jefferson will suit up for the Vikings and hope to replicate what he did as a rookie.
Joe Burrow and the Bengals will host the Vikings in Week 1 of the NFL season.
There hasn’t been any indication that Burrow won’t be ready to return for the Bengals’ season opener so hopefully, we get to see him for the first time since Week 11. While the quarterback matchup of him vs Kirk Cousins isn’t the most thrilling, the Bengals are getting a good team in Week 1 and will have the advantage of being the home team.
The rest of the Bengals’ schedule will be announced on Wednesday evening and fans already know it’ll be a tough slate. Not only do the Bengals have to face their own division a total of six times, but they have the NFC North on their schedule as well as the AFC champion Chiefs.
The hope is that Burrow comes out swinging in Week 1 and leads the Bengals to a very important 1-0 start because it’ll be difficult to keep up with the other three teams in the division if they go in the hole early.