The Cincinnati Bengals come into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with plenty to prove. They have started the season 0-2 for the first time since 2008, and that season they ended up starting 0-8. To repeat a start like that the Bengals have to hope some changes to the offense will be enough to overcome the Packers.
The Bengals fired Ken Zampese after his offense failed to score a single touchdown in the first two weeks. In comes Bill Lazor, who many fans are hoping brings some sort of identity to this offense, or even just a productive game plan to move the ball.
The Bengals will have to make these changes without Tyler Eifert and John Ross. Both players are out of Sunday’s game. Eifert was dealing with a couple of injuries, and Ross was a late addition with a knee injury.
Both of these players seem crucial to an offensive turnaround, but the Bengals still obviously have A.J. Green for Dalton to throw it up to. Ross being out also means the door is open for Tyler Boyd to return to action after being a healthy scratch for Thursday night football.
The Bengals’ defense continues to be productive as they shut down Houston’s offense last week. If it wasn’t for a huge run by Deshaun Watson late in the first half for a touchdown, the Bengals might have been able to overcome their poor offensive performance. Geno Atkins is carrying the defense. He has recorded three sacks so far this season, and he has consistently pushed the pocket back into the quarterback’s lap.