2. The Cincinnati Bengals struggle against the tight end
As we noted, losing both Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell has hurt this defense. Logan Wilson is boom or bust in coverage, and Nick Scott has not been an adequate replacement. This has caused the Bengals to struggle against tight ends.
The team currently ranks eighth in catches allowed, fourth in yards allowed, and seventh in touchdowns allowed to tight ends. They have had a recent run of issues.
Dalton Schultz had four catches for 71 yards last week, Dalton Kincaid torched them for ten catches and 81 yards, and George Kittle did the same, going for 149 yards on nine catches. Even Tyler Higbee had five catches for 71 yards against this defense earlier in the year.
Beyond that, we saw Mark Andrews grab five catches for 45 yards and a touchdown in the previous matchup. Andrews is up to 57.9 yards per game, which is more than his career average and the second-best rate of his career. His success rate is also at 61%, which is above the 58.8% career rate.
Andrews is having a vintage, if not better, season than a typical Andrews season, and the Bengals are worse than ever against the tight end. He better go off this week.