3 things for Bengals fans to watch vs. Chiefs in Week 17

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Zac Taylor, Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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1. How aggressive does Zac Taylor call this game?

With two games remaining in the season, most everybody understands the implications of this game. If the Cincinnati Bengals win, they clinch the AFC North title and a home-field game in the first round of the playoffs and potentially longer depending on how that game goes.

If they lose the game against the Chiefs, the following week against Cleveland could be a game that decides the winner of the division, or it could fall into the hands of Baltimore or Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati won’t have to worry about any of that if they can get the job this week against Kansas City. This leads me to wonder how Zac Taylor will call this game.

Knowing they’re going to want to keep that Chiefs offense off the field as much as possible, how aggressive are the Bengals on third and fourth downs? What is the range for field goal attempts or punting?

They know points will have to be scored at a high margin to take down this team, but I’m interested to see the strategy and game plan behind this one.

Taylor often faces criticism for his at times conservative play-calling, which sometimes leads to positive outcomes and occasionally adverse outcomes. This will be his most arduous task yet.

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Knowing the team will need to keep up with Mahomes and that high-powered offense, it will be interesting to see what risks the Bengals coaching staff takes.