Force Garroppolo to Throw, and not to George Kittle
The 49ers have found an incredible amount of success continually going back to the ground game. While the Bengals have shown to be stout on the ground, the 49ers have a ground attack that is rivaled by few.
When the 49ers do go to the air, they rely on their star tight end, George Kittle. Not having Logan Wilson to guard Kittle is an absolute crusher to the Bengal’s defense. Lou Anarumo will have his hands full with scheming up a defense to contain Kittle.
The Bengals will more than likely play more zone this week due to the number of injuries on the defensive side of the ball. This week will prove to be one of the hardest in Lou Anarumo’s short tenure in Cincinnati. I believe his scheme will be up to the task, but it’s not going to be easy.
Control the time of possession
You know how the saying goes — The best defense is a good offense. The Bengals will need a game similar to the one that they had against the Raiders, in which they took up a ridiculous amount of time.
Getting Joe Mixon going early is going to be vitally important to the time of possession. Stay on the ground, and keep the 49ers’ offense off of the field. If the Bengals can control the time of possession, they’ll be in a great position to win this game.
This game is winnable for Cincinnati, as the 49ers proved to be a tall task, but nothing that the Bengals can’t overcome. If Cincinnati can come out fast, control the clock, and force Jimmy G to throw it away from Kittle, the Bengals will be in good shape. I’m excited about this matchup, and I’m excited to see how the Bengals bounce back from the loss against the Bolts.
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