Bengals vs. Chiefs: Who has the edge on offense?

Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Tyreek Hill
Tyreek Hill (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

2. Comparing the wide receivers

The Chiefs and Bengals have unbelievable receiving cores. Their upcoming showdown this weekend will likely set the scoreboards on fire. Simply put, it’s ostensible that their receivers and tight ends are near the very top of the NFL. But as we continue to juxtapose them side by side, their nearly mirror images of one another.

For the Bengals, rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase has already emerged as one of the league’s best. With 1,455 receiving yards this season, Chase ranked fourth overall in that department. Also, he became the first rookie in NFL history to record multiple games of over 100 receiving yards in the postseason.

Although the limelight always seems to find him, Chase has plenty of help on the help perimeter. Tee Higgins, who should’ve received his own Pro Bowl nod, was terrific as well. He recorded 1,091 receiving yards and six touchdowns, numbers that would make him a clear number one on several teams. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who finished the year with 828 yards and tight end C.J. Uzomah, deserves a ton of credit as well.

As a whole, the Bengals have never suffered from vagarious play but neither has the Chiefs.

The life of Mahomes is incredibly easy. Normally, the former NFL MVP toys with defenders as he throws the ball to hulking tight end Travis Kelce and speedster Tyreek Hill. For the season, both players racked up well over 1,000 yards, 1,239 for Hill and 1,125 for Kelce. It’s also been much of the same in the postseason, as both Hill and Kelce rank fifth and sixth respectively amongst all players currently in receiving yards.

Two unsung hero’s for their offense all season long have also been Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle, both of which racked up over 500 yards apiece in the regular season.

Verdict: Chiefs

We sat and thought long and hard about this one. In terms of who’s the one player we want the most, we’d go with Ja’Marr Chase. Not only has he piled up 225 yards through two games but he’s also tied for a league-leading 10 first down catches, making him incredibly clutch. However, while he’s unbelievable, Kelce is practically impossible to stop one on one and Hill is possibly the fastest man on the planet. Okay, maybe not, but he’s in the conversation.

It’s close but give us the Chiefs receiving core. In a year or two, this could be a completely different conversation.