This might seem like a strange game to include because the Chargers weren’t a playoff team last year but this is a matchup many football fans are looking forward to simply because of the quarterback battle.
At this point of the season, the Bengals very well could be out of playoff contention. Their schedule gets really difficult around the halfway mark and it’s saying something when their Week 13 game against the Chargers is one of the “easier” games remaining.
This game is important for a slew of reasons. For one, it could be a matter of one or two wins that save Zac Taylor’s job. This Chargers game is a winnable one for Cincinnati and therefore, Taylor has to make sure his crew comes out victorious.
Another reason this matchup is important is the quarterback battle, which I mentioned above. This battle will pit Joe Burrow against Justin Herbert and as we all know, both guys went in the top six of the 2020 NFL Draft with Burrow going No. 1 and Herbert going No. 6. Herbert definitely took the league by surprise last year and fortunately, the Bengals dodged having to play him, as Herbert didn’t take over as the starter until Week 2.
If Burrow plays well against Herbert and even beats the Chargers, it could be the confidence booster this team needs to finish out their 2021 season.
Every game is important for the Cincinnati Bengals but these four could really impact how the season goes for this young team as they look to turn into a borderline contender in 2021.