The Cincinnati Bengals‘ offense has left a lot to be desired through two preseason games so far. From Joe Burrow not playing in the first two games to Ja’Marr Chase’s drops to the offensive line woes, it’d be understandable if Bengals fans were nervous as the Week 1 matchup with the Vikings draws closer.
Alex Kay of Bleacher Report put together an article detailing winners and losers from training camp and had the Bengals offense listed as a ‘loser’.
"Burrow has yet to play in the preseason, although he might suit up for the exhibition finale on Sunday. Either way, he’ll need rookie wideout Ja’Marr Chase to overcome his ongoing camp struggles as well.The No. 5 overall pick has been plagued by drops recently, according to Chris Roling of Bengals Wire. He dropped all three balls thrown his way against Washington on Friday, and he couldn’t reel in a pass placed right on the numbers in practice Sunday.With the Bengals set to begin the regular season against the Minnesota Vikings on September 12, they don’t have much time left to sort out their offensive woes. It’s a troubling development for a squad that had so much promise coming into training camp."
While I get that it’s the offseason and people need stuff to write about, the Bengals’ offense should be fine. As mentioned, Joe Burrow hasn’t played a single snap in preseason, which has paved the way for Brandon Allen to start both games, and well — He’s the backup for a reason, let’s just put it that way.
The Ja’Marr Chase drops have been frustrating but he opted out of the 2020 college football season, meaning he hasn’t played in an actual football game since the National Championship game in early 2020. Rust is going to be there in that case.
Bengals offense is struggling, but don’t panic.
The preseason isn’t a strong indicator as to what teams will look like when Week 1 rolls around. Coaches don’t want to show too much of their offensive scheme and teams are doing the best they can to avoid injuries.
Without Burrow on the field throwing passes, it’s hard to really critique this offense. Yes, he’s had some rough days at practice, but until the games actually count, let’s not rush to crown the Bengals’ offense as losers. It’s way too early for that.