Bengals vs. Browns Live Updates: ‘Monday Night Football’ Idles, Score, Stream, Channel, Start Time, Analysis
The Bengals’ life without Ja’Marr Chase begins tonight. They’re hoping it’ll only be for a few games, but it comes during a critical time in the season to keep pace with the Ravens before Cincinnati’s schedule turns into a gauntlet in December and January.
That means finding a way for Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins to salvage what’s left in Chase’s absence. Expect to see Boyd used as a more versatile piece, increasing his workload outside of the slot while looking for Higgins in game advantage if the Browns feel comfortable using the man’s defense .
Teams rarely play the man against Joe Burrow since he then tears them apart quickly throwing a majority of passes at Chase, but if the Browns, especially without top corner Denzel Ward, want to try and go one-on-one head with the other two, he would be welcome at the Burrow. Otherwise, look for the success they found with shotgun runs and RPOs to continue against the Browns team who are struggling to stop the gut run.
Then they put the game more in the hands of Burrow, who has been the hottest player in football for the past two weeks, passing 78.5% of his passes for 826 total yards, 9.9 yards per attempt and eight total touchdowns with zero turnovers.