Cincinnati almost got by the Steelers last week in a bid to stay alone on top of the AFC North. Kansas City almost got by the Patriots in a bid to stay undefeated. Both teams are motivated to get back to their winning ways lest strong starts are wasted.
The Bengals were preseason picks to make the playoffs and maybe give the Steelers a challenge for the division title. But last week showed they still can’t beat the Steelers at home, and that will always be a disadvantage.
But that is the Ravens tied with Cincinnati at 4-2. Pittsburgh’s Week 1 tie has them a half-game back. Baltimore and Cincinnati face formidable opponents in Week 7. Andy Dalton will have to continue his career season if the Bengals will advance their position.
NFL Week 7 Game Preview: Bengals (4-2) at Chiefs (5-1)
Kansas City’s loss helped the Los Angeles Chargers pull within a game of the division leaders. The Chiefs already beat the Chargers, but a rematch looms and a one-game lead leaves too much to chance.
Andy Reid knows the Chiefs could have won last week if they had the ball last. He also knows he could have eschewed early field goals for fourth-down conversions and changed the complexion of the game.
Look for him to be aggressive against the Bengals.
Injuries and notes:
Tight end Tyler Kroft is out with a foot injury. Giovani Bernard (knee, toe) and center Billy Price were among six Bengals who sat out practice Wednesday. Andy Dalton is also listed as having a back injury, but he practiced in full.
Left tackle Cordy Glenn was limited in practice as the Bengals offensive line woes continue. Tight end CJ Uzomah, the third tight end after Kroft and injured Tyler Eifert, was also limited.
Kansas City’s offensive line took a hit this week with guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif place on IR and center Mitch Morse in the concussion protocol.
Safety Eric Berry (heel) and linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.
Andy Reid and Marvin Lewis will match wits Sunday as both teams try to position themselves for prime playoff position. For Reid, this is an annual event. But his decision to trade Alex Smith and hand the ball to Patrick Mahomes could make him a Coach of the Year candidate.
Lewis has not seen the playoffs in a while. Should the Bengals season hit a snag, it could finally mean the end for the long-time Bengals leader, one season after the bulk of his coaching staff was turned over.
How to watch the Bengals-Chiefs game
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Who will win the Bengals-Chiefs game?
Both teams want this win badly, but only one has the insane amount of weapons surrounding Patrick Mahomes. Andy Dalton and the Bengals might put up some points against the weak Chiefs’ defense, but not enough to take a victory.
Final score: Chiefs 38, Bengals 28