Cincinnati Bengals: 3 keys to victory vs Raiders in Week 11

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Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
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Cincinnati Bengals Keys to Victory

2. Get Tyler Boyd more involved 

Tyler Boyd hasn’t had the season he’s used to having so far through the first nine games. The targets just haven’t been there, nor has the production. Now it’s not all Boyd’s fault.

Zac Taylor took some of the blame, saying he needs to do a better job at getting Boyd involved, but at the same time, Joe Burrow needs to look his way, and Boyd needs to be able to create space and get open so Burrow can make those throws.

A target decrease was expected with the addition of Ja’Marr Chase but Boyd is just over 400 yards this season and has only found the end zone three times. He has played in every game as well. If this Bengals offense wants to reach its maximum potential, Boyd will have to be a focal point alongside Higgins, Mixon, and Chase.

Boyd is the slot receiver and is a go-to third-down receiver and has proven that over the last few seasons. If he is making plays, it opens up the offense even more for Higgins and Chase. And that’s when the Bengals offense will become as dynamic as many people think it can be.

I expect the Bengals to get Boyd involved early on in this one and to try and set the tone for the second half of the season for one of the better slot receivers in the NFL.