Cincinnati Bengals: 3 bold predictions for Week 9 vs Browns

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Joe Burrow #9, Ja'Marr Chase #1, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow #9, Ja’Marr Chase #1, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Bengals Bold Predictions – Joe Burrow rediscovers Ja’Marr Chase

Ok, so it isn’t like Burrow has forgotten Chase or Chase has been shut out of the offense. Even in his worst outing of the year against the Jets, Chase caught a touchdown and dropped another, but did it really feel like a Ja’Marr Chase game?

The offense seemed disjointed and searching for a rhythm, and for some reason, Zac Taylor didn’t funnel passes towards his rookie superstar. Why? Anyone’s guess I suppose.

It appeared on its face that there was a concerted effort to get Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins more involved. Perhaps the thought was getting the aforementioned duo involved would loosen the coverage on Chase. Turned out not so much.

Against the Browns, and particularly Myles Garrett, Joe Burrow will be well served to get the ball out quickly. After all, the best way to keep Garrett off the quarterback is for the quarterback to not have the ball.

How does this happen? Against the Cleveland cover 3 defense, Burrow will need to get the ball out with short, quick drops. Chase excels in the short area and making yards after the catch. Pepper the first-year receiver with double-digit targets, and he undoubtedly will bust at least one for a splash play.

Tailor the game plan to the offensive strengths, relative to the defensive scheme this week, and Chase should break out again in a big way.