Will the real offensive line please stand up?
Through the first three games, there have been two versions of the offensive line that have shown up. The unit through the first two games was the one fans feared would rear its ugly head in 2021, allowing Burrow to get sacked the second most times in the NFL.
Preparing for the worst against a Pittsburgh defense that had a lot of sacks in a lot of consecutive games, the unit did not allow Burrow to get sacked at all. I realize the Steelers were without their top players, but to not allow any sacks is difficult for most teams, let alone the Bengals.
Which level of play represents the real offensive line?
Against Jacksonville, this group should be able to keep Burrow upright for most of the game. Struggling here would be a bad sign considering the level of talent.
I am looking for the Bengals to have another stellar game producing rushing lanes and giving the quarterback plenty of time. Anything less than this would give me continued worry about this group.
A solid game would allow me to have one more week in confusion about what this line is capable of doing on a consistent basis.