3 ways Joe Burrow can thrive vs. 49ers in week 14

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How Joe Burrow can thrive vs. 49ers

1. Spread the wealth 

This has been getting better over the last few weeks, and for Burrow, this will be important. The Cincy offense is at its best when the entire offense is being used, and the ball is being distributed to several different options with many different looks.

It keeps the defense on their toes and makes it hard for them to adjust and find ways to stop it. Tee Higgins has played his best football of the season the last two weeks, and Tyler Boyd played well also against Los Angeles last week.

Ja’Marr Chase has struggled to adjust to new looks by coverages and is also dropping more passes than usual, but he still draws a serious amount of attention but is due for a big game, and this would be the week to do it, knowing the Bengals need a win.

Suppose the Bengals offense can involve their multiple options and spread the football around instead of being one-dimensional and relying on the run or relying on the pass. In that case, it will set them up in a much better position to win the game Sunday in front of the home crowd.

Higgins has managed to have nine receptions, 138 yards, and a touchdown last week, and then the week before against the Steelers had six receptions, 114 yards, and a touchdown. With Chase starting to be the main focus, Higgins has taken full advantage of the one-on-one coverages and makes plays.

Boyd has yet to find the end zone consistently, but his targets and receptions are increasing, which is a good sign, and he also a lot like Chase is due for a big game soon.

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If Joe Burrow can do all of these things, the Bengals have a good chance at moving to 8-5 on the year.