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Four remaining playoff teams show Bengals have the right blueprint with Joe Burrow

Bengals Wire logo Bengals Wire 1/19/2021 Chris Roling
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This time next year, the Cincinnati Bengals would like to be one of the four remaining teams in the hunt for a Super Bowl title.

But they do appear to be following the right blueprint.

That blueprint isn’t hard to see — offense trumps everything right now, mostly due to elite quarterbacks.

Look at the remaining names: Aaron Rodgers for the Green Bay Packers, Tom Brady for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Patrick Mahomes for the Kansas City Chiefs and Josh Allen for the Buffalo Bills.

How good were those four quarterbacks this year? They were four of the five highest-graded names at Pro Football Focus:

The numbers were staggering too:

All four teams ranked in the top six in scoring this season, averaging at least 30 points per game.

The lesson? Defense remains important, but it’s all about the quarterbacks. And the Bengals happen to have a generational quarterback prospect heading into his second year, albeit on a reconstructed knee. His flashes as a rookie were stunning at times and it was easy to see the gears turning as he worked through what would and wouldn’t work against pro defenses. Coaches think it’s a matter of time before he’s shoving around the rest of the AFC North.

So when the Bengals spend all of their valuable assets this offseason on offensive linemen and weapons for the offense, rest assured they have the right idea in mind.


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