Dallas Cowboys vs Cincinnati Bengals: Know Thy Enemy
What We Think The Bengals Offensive Gameplan Will Be
Much like the Cowboys, the Bengals are a team that wants to establish their running game early in order to open up the passing game for Burrow and his receivers. They have a bell cow running back in Joe Mixon whose physical style is perfect for this offense. Wearing down defenses with a consistent barrage of inside and outside runs.
But unlike the Cowboys, they are willing to stay with their running game if it’s not working immediately. We can assume that they will continue to use the running game after what they saw Lenoard Fournette do to the Cowboys. That will then allow Burrow to run more plan action and allow Chase to use his speed down the field and Boyd to find soft spots in the Cowboys’ secondary in the middle of the field.
Dallas will still be waiting to see if the Bengals are going to get Higgins back in time for this game. If they do, it will just add another big-bodied receiver on the outside for Burrow to throw to.
Regardless of who is on the outside for the Bengals, the one constant they will have is Mixon and this running game. Don’t let the three yards per carry in Week 1 for Cincy fool you. When your defense gave up 4.6 yards per carry to Fournette, Cincinnati is going to look to replicate that output, especially against the disruptive pass rush of the Cowboys led by Micah Parsons.
They will want to protect Burrow who was under pressure all game and threw four interceptions and lost one fumble. You should expect the Cowboys to attack former right tackle La’el Collins and rookie left guard Cordell Volson with speed on the inside and outside after both had major issues handling the speed rushers of the Steelers last week.