Cincinnati Bengals: 3 important players to watch vs. Bears in Week 2
Most important Bengals vs. Chicago
1. Trey Hendrickson
It is safe to say the Vikings could not block Trey Hendrickson, as he was a workhorse in the pass rush, causing disruptions. Even if he wasn’t finishing off the play, he shifted the focus so much to himself by the way he was playing. The Vikings had multiple penalties against Hendrickson while trying to guard the rusher.
It will be even more important that he brings that same intensity on the road against the Bears because if Andy Dalton remains as the quarterback, fans know firsthand how Dalton responds once a defense applies a consistent pass rush and causes havoc. Being able to apply pressure to Dalton and the run game will be vital to the success of the defense Sunday.
The run defense by the Bengals looked much better from last year to this year, holding Dalvin Cook to only 67 yards on the ground. However, that same energy will need to be used against David Montgomery, and Hendrickson will be a key player as he was on the field the most outside of Sam Hubbard on the defensive line playing 82% of snaps.
These three Bengals are key players to watch this weekend and their performances will make or break Cincy’s chances at winning this game.