Bengals Schedule: 6 most intriguing games in 2022

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5. Week 4 vs. Miami Dolphins (TNF)

Let’s set the stage here — Joe Burrow vs. Tua Tagovailoa for the first time since they were drafted in a primetime setting at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Miami Dolphins went all out in free agency and in the trade market, making an explosive move for star receiver Tyreek Hill. Jaylen Waddle and Hill will give the Bengals their first serious challenge when it comes to two crafty and fully tooled wide-outs who can take the top off a defense and break defenses down within 10 yards and turn them into chunk plays.

The Dolphins are much improved on both sides of the ball, and this should be a very star-studded matchup with the playmakers all over the field, which is one of the main reasons this game deserves to make the list.

Also, head coaches Zac Taylor and new Dolphins coach Mike McDaniels are two of the youngest coaches in the league, both at the age of 38-years-old. McDaniels was the offensive coordinator for the 49ers last season, and he presents a very well-rounded and skillful offensive scheme that was highly successful.

McDaniels was a massive part of Deebo Samuel’s emergence as one of the league’s best wide receivers with the certain styles he would use him in. Now he can do the same with Waddle and Hill. The Bengals’ defense will have their hands full, trying to slow down the natural speed that Miami’s offense has.