Bengals who need to show something – No. 1: Secondary
The Bengals did an overhaul of their defense this year, and the jury is still out on whether they got better, worse, or stayed the same. While the secondary is considered a strength on the team, there is a difference going up against Joe Burrow and a reportedly struggling Bengals’ passing attack, and facing Tom Brady and the loaded Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cincinnati will not leave their starting secondary out there for long, just like the Buccaneers will only do a series or two with their starters, but those few plays will help the secondary see where they really stand.
Neither team is going to run anything complex, but if Brady torches the secondary and puts together a strong drive or two that will be worrying for Cincinnati. The Bengals have a lot of question marks for this season and what they don’t want to do is add another from what should be a strong group.
A strong performance from Trae Waynes, Chidobe Awuzie, Jessie Bates, Vonn Bell, and company would help ease fears about this new-look unit.
Seeing these players pop on Saturday would be the best-case scenario for the Bengals.