Bengals: 3 reasons why Joe Burrow should play vs. Dolphins
By Alex Austin
Bengals need their offense to click from the beginning of the season
Ja’Marr Chase was a bit of a disappointment in the second preseason game, as dropping every pass thrown to him is not what most people expected out of the first-round pick.
A big part of that is on Chase, but the other part may be on lack of chemistry with the backup quarterback, Brandon Allen. In order for Chase and the other receivers to be at full speed by the beginning of the season, real game reps are needed.
Cincinnati is relying on their offense to carry them this year, especially if the postseason is a goal for this team. Naturally, the Bengals will get most synchronized as the season progresses, but starting the year against the Minnesota Vikings presents a chance for Cincinnati to earn a win. The best way for them to get that win is if the offense is already clicking.
While practice reps are good and necessary, there is nothing that Joe Burrow and the offense have done that will fully simulate the pace and physicality of an actual game. To best prepare this team for the season, a few series would go a long way to improve timing and chemistry.