3 questions the Bengals must answer in Week 5 vs Packers

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3. Can Zac Taylor and company keep Joe Burrow rolling?

Perhaps the most important question facing the team in Week 5 is — Can Zac Taylor and Brian Callahan keep Joe Burrow rolling?

The Bengal offense has bordered on predictable at times in 2021. After the first 15 “scripted” plays, the play calling tends to become unimaginative and stale. Run, run, pass, punt —  Sound familiar? It should because the Bengals seem to do a lot of that, particularly in the second quarter. That looked to be happening Thursday night against the Jaguars until, against all odds, the offense came out crisp and sharp for the second half.

What was the secret sauce that spiced up the Bengal attack Thursday?

The second half consisted of more misdirection plays, as well as more attacking of the short area and perimeter via the pass. Subsequently, this helped to loosen the middle of the field and open up the run.

In short, the offense was wildly unpredictable in the second half and played with a sense of urgency as well. Burrow seems to be in his element when he can change plays and dictate the pace. That is exactly what happened to enable the Bengals to win against Jacksonville.

Does anyone think Taylor called the “jailbreak screen” to C.J. Uzomah against that “zero blitz” the Jags were bringing? Nope! That’s was all the franchise.

To keep this momentum going, Taylor must keep Joe Burrow rolling and take advantage of Green Bay’s banged-up defense.

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As always there are more questions than answers, but thankfully the question as of now, has nothing to do with who we are taking in the top 10 of next year’s draft — At least not yet.

If the Bengals can answer the questions that they can control, perhaps we won’t be dreaming of the draft until February.