With the Cincinnati Bengals sporting one of the more explosive offenses in the NFL, it’s no wonder they ranked highly on CBS Sports’ list of NFL triplets. Triplets are a team’s quarterback, running back, and wide receiver (sometimes tight end) so of course the Bengals were going to be fairly high on this list.
Obviously, the Bengals’ triplets are Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, and newly-drafted Ja’Marr Chase. That’s quite the group right there!
Jared Dubin wrote the article and had the Bengals at No. 14. Here’s what he had to say about his ranking:
"This feels somewhat high for this group, but there’s apparently a lot of confidence in this trio of young players. Burrow looked like he was on his way to a strong rookie season when he tore his ACL, but he also tore his ACL. The Bengals chose Chase over an offensive lineman at No. 5 overall. His connection with Burrow should ensconce him as the No. 1 target in this offense fairly early in the season, but the Bengals might still be playing with fire with their offensive line. Mixon, meanwhile, is now the clear-cut workhorse in the backfield after the Bengals cut Giovani Bernard (who signed with the Buccaneers)."
I feel like this ranking is pretty spot on for Cincinnati. No we haven’t seen what Chase can do at the professional level yet but this is helped by the fact that he played with Burrow at LSU and the two put up massive numbers together. That production is now coming to Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Bengals have a top-15 group of ‘triplets’.
Burrow and Mixon should both be healthy this year and if they are able to stay healthy, there’s no telling what this offense could do. Chase is going to be the highlight at wide receiver but the Bengals didn’t even need to draft him, as they had Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins already on the roster. Without Chase, however, it’s doubtful the Bengals would have made the top half of Dubin’s list.
As for the rest of the stacked AFC North, the Ravens ranked the highest, coming in at No. 9. That’s not going to surprise anyone, as Lamar Jackson, J.K. Dobbins, and Mark Andrews (they’re one of the few teams whose tight end was listed over a wide receiver) are definitely one of the scarier trios in the league. The Browns came in at No. 11 while the Steelers, shockingly, were No. 21. They’re the lowest on the list.
It should be a lot of fun watching Burrow, Mixon, and Chase do their thing this season and hopefully, this isn’t a bad look when the season is said and done.