5 bold predictions for Bengals’ week 14 matchup vs 49ers
By Aaron Burd
Bengals win a tight one with a 24-21 victory over the 49ers
Things may seem bleak right now for the Bengals, but some of their best moments in 2021 have come off of their lowest points.
After their first loss of the season to the Bears, the Bengals bounced back and easily handled their biggest rivals, the Steelers, in Pittsburgh. After a heartbreaking loss to the Packers in overtime, the Bengals then followed it up with back-to-back road dominations of the Lions and Ravens.
After their lowest point of the season, losing to the Jets and Browns in consecutive weeks, the Bengals took a bye week of a self-reflection and came back with big-time wins over the Raiders and Steelers. While they’ve struggled to put three wins in a row together this season, they’ve had no trouble bouncing back from low points.
Heading into Week 14, the Bengals have hit yet another low point. Their franchise quarterback has an injured throwing hand and they suffered multiple more injuries in a brutal loss, but this is a resilient team that is built for moments like these. Head coach Zac Taylor and his quarterback Joe Burrow aren’t worried headed into a tough matchup against a playoff contender, they have confidence and the team around them does as well.
This is a team that won’t head into their next game with their heads down, they are ready for the challenge and they know they can overcome anything thrown their way.
Meanwhile on the other side is a 49ers team that does not believe in their quarterback from upper-management to the coaching staff. Who are you more confident in, the home team with nothing but belief, or the road team that doesn’t believe in their own quarterback? I know who I’m more confident in.
The Bengals will bounce back on Sunday with a 24-21 win over the 49ers. Getting off to an early start with a couple of good-scripted drives on offense and big stops on defense, the Bengals will have a favorable game script that allows them to feed Mixon all day.
The Bengals take an early lead and never give it up, improving to 8-5 on the season with four games to go.