The Cincinnati Bengals entered their BYE week on a two-game skid that has caused them to fall into last place in the AFC North even with a 5-4 record. Cincinnati remains 2-1 against divisional opponents and will be in a tight race once they play again.
So how can the Bengals fix and answer their woes during the bye week, and what are the issues they need to address?
Bengals BYE week questions
5. How can they get Tyler Boyd more involved?
The Cincinnati Bengals have struggled to get Tyler Boyd involved in the offense this season, and if things keep up the way they are, Boyd probably won’t crack 1,000 yards. So far this season, Boyd had 409 receiving yards and has only found the end zone twice.
Last week against the Cleveland Browns, he only saw a total of three targets and had one reception for 11 yards. Boyd is the starting slot receiver for Cincinnati, and over the past 3-4 years, he has been one of the most targeted receivers on the entire roster. The Bengals offense needs to get Boyd involved to reach its full potential as a team and as an offense.
This past week, when Zac Taylor was asked about the lack of targets for Boyd, he blamed himself for not getting Boyd more targets and involved mores. It will need a complete team effort. Boyd needs to create space and get open, Joe Burrow needs to look his way and give him targets, and Taylor needs to put both of them in a position to be successful as a duo.
This will be a vital question that the Bengals need to figure out moving forward because Boyd is way too talented to see a good number of targets consistently. If he isn’t, It allows the defense to zone in on Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, and that’s when forced throws and turnovers occur, as we saw in the blowout loss to the Browns.