5 things the Bengals must do in 2022 to return to the playoffs

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2. Get similar production from Chase, Higgins, and Boyd

Ja’Marr Chase won Offensive Rookie of the Year but did not have rookie numbers by any means with 1,455 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Suppose Cincinnati can get extended or similar numbers this season, along with Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd doing what they did last year, this offense will be extremely tough to stop because Joe Mixon is also a 1,000-yard rusher when healthy and gets his fair share of touches each game.

Higgins had 1,091 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while Boyd, playing out of the slot, added 828 yards and five touchdowns.

Having three wide receivers go over 800 yards doesn’t happen often, and if they can inflate those numbers across the board, it could pave the way for the Cincinnati Bengals to be one of, if not the best offense in the league.

There are a few teams out there with elite offenses, so it’s still a debate, and the jury is still out, but this will be a big year for the young Bengals to prove consistency which is what many need to see to believe it wasn’t a fluke.

On the I Am Athlete podcast Chad Ochocinco and Adam Jones asked Chase what his goals were moving forward after breaking records as a rookie. Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports provided us with the quote.

"“I write goals a lot, especially with football,” Chase said on the I Am Athlete podcast. “My biggest goal this year, and not just this year, just going forward, is the triple crown.”"