Prepare yourself for a shootout, as the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) take their 6th-ranked offense to Arrowhead Stadium to do battle with the Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) 2nd-ranked offense on Sunday Night Football (October 21st at 8:20pm EST).
Online sports betting sites have us excited for this one, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 58, with the Chiefs opening as 6.5-point favorites.
The best way to describe the Bengals’ offense is opportunistic. They own the NFL’s 17th-ranked passing attack and 25th-ranked rushing attack. But the result has been an impressive 29 points per game (sixth).
Sure, the defense has contributed a league-high three TDs, but that’s not the only way the Bengals are scoring this season.
.@Sam_Hubbard_ scores his first TD to extend the lead!
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 7, 2018
When Cincinnati actually gets the rock moving, the drive generally ends in a touchdown. They lead the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage, punching the ball in for six on 75% of their trips to the red zone.
Andy Dalton has thrown for 14 touchdowns (sixth-most in the league), while Joe Mixon has added two of his own on the ground and one receiving. These two will need to continue finding the end zone in Week 7 to keep up with the Chiefs.
Andy Dalton’s five best plays/throws through five weeks pic.twitter.com/mkLNrA9v9P
— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) October 13, 2018
Saying Cincinnati’s defense is built to stop the run is a bit hyperbolic. They are better against the run than pass, but they’re not really good at stopping either.
The Bengals are giving up 117.2 yards per game on the ground (20th), and 292 passing (28th). Unsurprisingly, the outcome is teams scoring 26.3 points per game against them, which is 23rd in the NFL.
Bengals vs Chiefs Statistical Comparison
|29 (6th)||PPG||35.8 (2nd)|
|352.2 (23rd)||YPG||418.5 (5th)|
|89.8 (25th)||Rushing YPG||112 (13th)|
|262.3 (16th)||Passing YPG||306.5 (7th)|
|26.3 (23rd)||PPG Allowed||28.7 (27th)|
|409.2 (29th)||YPG Allowed||468.2 (32nd)|
|117.2 (20th)||Rushing YPG Allowed||127.8 (27th)|
|292 (28th)||Passing YPG Allowed||340.3 (31st)|
|0 (T16th)||Turnover Differential||+4 (T4th)|
Kansas City Chiefs
Cincinnati’s defense will certainly be tested this week against a Kansas City offense that looks nearly unstoppable.
Thanks to a lethal passing game, the Chiefs are scoring 35.8 points per game (second). Patrick Mahomes has been phenomenal for Kansas City this year, throwing for 1,865 yards (6th) with an 18 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions, good for a 112.2 passer rating.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 16, 2018
Mahomes wouldn’t want all the credit, though, as Tyreek Hill and the rest of his receivers have been tremendous.
His go-to receiver has hauled in 34 passes for 567 receiving yards (6th) and six TDs this season. But even if Mahomes isn’t having his best day, the Chiefs remain dangerous when putting the ball in Kareem Hunt’s hands.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 17, 2018
As a team, Kansas City averages a healthy 4.4 yards per carry (14th in the league). Very few defenses have come up with a solution for stopping this high-powered offense.
The Chiefs defense hasn’t contributed much to their five wins this season.
They’re surrendering an unsettling 28.7 PPG, which is 27th in the NFL. They have offered little resistance against anything an offense has tried against them. Kansas City gives up 340.3 passing yards per game (31st) and 127.8 on the ground (27th).
Sack. Forced fumble. Fumble recovery. 💪💪💪 pic.twitter.com/QXjc9hzEE6
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 15, 2018
Their one saving grace is their ability to get after the passer. KC has recorded 17 sacks, which is tied for 11th in the NFL.