The Cincinnati Bengals got in the win column on Sunday with a win over the New York Jets.
And they sent a message to the rest of the NFL in the process.
One reason why the Bengals struggled in the first two weeks of the season was because of the way defenses were playing Cincinnati.
Opponents were playing soft coverages to limit big plays. And thanks to the Bengals’ poor offensive line play, opposing defenses were able to pressure Cincy without blitzing.
Against the Jets, the Bengals adjusted. And they showed the rest of the NFL that doubling wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase isn’t going to work.
Chase had just 29 receiving yards and a touchdown on six receptions.
Tyler Boyd, though, had four receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.
“This is a game that showed you can’t double Ja’Marr,” said Boyd.
Ja'Marr Chase on the Jets' coverage: "They were doing a little bit of everything. Quarters, man, Cover 3, Cover 2 sometimes. Some Palms. They did a lot with their coverage." A lot of it was shaded to him.— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) September 25, 2022
"This is a game that showed you can’t double Ja’Marr," Tyler Boyd said.
Teams can double Chase if they want, but they better be prepared for the consequences.
Boyd showed everyone that he’s just as capable of lighting up a secondary. If opposing defenses want to zero in on Chase, Joe Burrow will just look to Boyd
That element makes life extremely tough for defensive coordinators.
I know the Bengals’ season got off to a slow start, but we saw on Sunday that this is still the same team that reached the Super Bowl. They’re a confident bunch and they’re going to get this thing turned around.
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