Cincinnati Bengals: 4 must-win games on 2021 schedule

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Must-Win Games for Cincinnati Bengals: Week 11 at Las Vegas

Quarterback Derek Carr keeps the Raiders somewhat viable, but head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have made a mess of this roster. Three seasons into his second stint as Raiders head coach, Gruden’s defense has never finished better than 24th in points allowed. To make matters worse for the Raiders, much of last year’s unit returns.

Additionally, five total first-round draft picks in 2018 and 2019 have produced little to get excited about thus far, especially now that Kenyan Drake arrives in the backfield to cut into the workload of Josh Jacobs.

The roster has no depth and the top is good, not great. This could be another fun one for the Cincinnati offense but at the same time, the Raiders won’t just sit back and do nothing. Their offense can score at the drop of a hat so this could be a shootout in Sin City, as neither defense is great.

Still, this is most definitely a game that Cincinnati can score the final points and walk out of Las Vegas with a hard-earned W.

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If the Bengals win these four games, that will put the fans’ minds at ease because these are winnable games. If they lose any of these, however, you better believe Zac Taylor’s job security will take an even bigger hit.