The Bengals’ offense showed a lot more promise than most believed they would in their 21-20 defeat to the Seahawks in Week 1. Part of the skepticism was because they were going to be without A.J. Green, but Andy Dalton still managed to throw for more passing yards than any other quarterback in the league.
This development, coupled with the promising offensive start, has sparked a confidence in wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who had this to say earlier today:
So, you think Boyd has had enough of the Browns hype?
Before the Bengals even kicked off in Seattle, the Browns had gotten blown out by the Titans at home 43-13, which was not what any talking head predicted. The Browns where everyone’s favorite to win the AFC North, so Week 1 may’ve been a wake up call to most regarding the state of the division.
It’s hard to knock Boyd for his brash statement. Relative to league-wide expectations, Cincinnati looked like the better team in comparison to Cleveland on Sunday, and they were playing without their best offensive player. If Green comes back and everyone else is still healthy, it’s exciting to imagine how much better they can still become, while Cleveland clearly needs to figure things out.
Green returning 100% sooner than later is still a hope more than a reality at this point, and both teams are still 0-1 to start the season. But if the Green-less offense continues to spark against the 49ers this Sunday, Boyd’s words carry that much more weight.
It’s just a shame that we’ll have to wait until Week 14 to see Boyd shut down the Browns hype through his play instead of his words.