We learned a lot from former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “Do your job” and beat the teams in the division if you want to make the playoffs are two of his more notable axioms.
Yes, football is a team game, but sometimes the individual matchups make all the difference. Sometimes, our guys are just better than theirs.
So, which individual AFC North matchups are the most important for the Bengals heading into the 2021 season?
Cincinnati Bengals matchups to watch
Logan Wilson vs Mark Andrews
Yes, a lot is going to be put on Logan Wilson this year.
Baltimore Ravens tight end, Mark Andrews was sixth in the NFL among his position group with seven receiving touchdowns. He was fifth in reception yards (701), fourth in receiving yards per game (50), and ninth in receptions (58).
While the Bengals will surely try to implement a variety of coverages to slow down Andrews, they will more than likely ask Wilson to spend a lot of time at the hip of the tight end.
Wilson should get a lot of opportunities to show off his coverage skills in this head-to-head duel. Andrews was the second most targeted receiver for the Ravens last year along with having the second-most receiving yards.
So yes, it’s critical for Wilson to have good games against Andrews and the Ravens.