The Cincinnati Bengals come into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with plenty to prove. They have started the season 0-2 for the first time since 2008, and that season they ended up starting 0-8. To repeat a start like that the Bengals have to hope some changes to the offense will be enough to overcome the Packers.
The Bengals fired Ken Zampese after his offense failed to score a single touchdown in the first two weeks. In comes Bill Lazor, who many fans are hoping brings some sort of identity to this offense, or even just a productive game plan to move the ball.
The Bengals will have to make these changes without Tyler Eifert and John Ross. Both players are out of Sunday’s game. Eifert was dealing with a couple of injuries, and Ross was a late addition with a knee injury.
Both of these players seem crucial to an offensive turnaround, but the Bengals still obviously have A.J. Green for Dalton to throw it up to. Ross being out also means the door is open for Tyler Boyd to return to action after being a healthy scratch for Thursday night football.
The Bengals’ defense continues to be productive as they shut down Houston’s offense last week. If it wasn’t for a huge run by Deshaun Watson late in the first half for a touchdown, the Bengals might have been able to overcome their poor offensive performance. Geno Atkins is carrying the defense. He has recorded three sacks so far this season, and he has consistently pushed the pocket back into the quarterback’s lap.
The Packers are fairly banged up coming into this game as well. Jordy Nelson looks like he will play after practicing this week. Randall Cobb and Jason Spriggs will be out.
Spriggs was placed on Injured Reserve, and the rookie offensive tackle is a huge loss for the Packers offensive line that got eaten alive last week. Cobb is doubtful to play due to a chest injury. The Packers will also likely be without defensive starters corner Davon House and linebacker Nick Perry.
What doesn’t show up on the Packers injury report is their bruised ego after losing to the Falcons on Sunday Night Football. The game’s final score was far closer than the actual game was, and the rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game left no doubt the right team won last season.
Both of these teams have spent the week licking their wounds and waiting for the chance to put last week behind them. Only one team will be able to walk away with the victory though.
How to watch:
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) at Green Bay Packers (1-1)
Date/Time: Sunday, September 24th, 2017 4:25 p.m. EST
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Series Leader: Bengals lead 7-5
Streak: Bengals have won the last three meetings
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (3-0), Mike McCarthy (0-2)
TV Broadcast: CBS broadcast: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter). Simulcast on WKRC-TV (Channel 12), WHIO-TV (Channel 7) and WKYT-TV (Channel 27).
Radio Broadcast: WCKY-AM (1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7)
Packers SB Nation: Acme Packing Company
Weather: High 80s; mostly cloudy [NFL Weather]
Odds: Packers are a 9-point favorite. [Vegas Insider]
Uniforms: White jerseys and black pants; the Bengals are 25-27-0 (.481) in that combination since 2004.