Andy Dalton and his offense have gone 0-for-2 in trying to score touchdowns and wins at home, and now they have to make the difficult leap to Lambeau Field. The Packers are a different, sometimes dominant defensive team at home, and Dom Capers will have them going after the Bengals’ shaky line. We may not see a good WR duel between A.J. Green and Jordy Nelson because of the latter’s quad injury, but Aaron Rodgers has plenty left to deal easily past Dalton.
Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh in general don’t play up to offensive expectations on the road, but here, the team gets another huge hand from its defense against an opposing QB it can overwhelm in Mike Glennon. Le’Veon Bell will use a trip to true Big Ten country to get going, and Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant will deliver multiple big plays. The team will listen to Mike Tomlin, and Chicago will feel that wrath.
Kirk Cousins couldn’t like that, getting stuck in an one-dimensional offense with some new weapons and getting swarmed by the teeing-off Eagles. He’s off to another cold start, and therefore, so is Washington.
The Bengals got fancy offensively with John Ross and Joe Mixon in the draft, but they learned quickly against the Ravens that their line play, minus Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth, is the pits. The heat is on Marvin Lewis more than ever.
Players took the field within a few seconds of the anthem’s end, just after fireworks launched; quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was one of the first players out of the tunnel. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan, was seen on the CBS broadcast at the edge of the tunnel during the anthem, with his hand over his heart.