After an exciting showing of big plays from both teams last week, there’ll be plenty to look forward to with this two young, offensive minded head coaches.

The Bengals will look to secure Zac Taylor his first tally in the ‘W’ column while the niners look to continue their early success in the eastern part of the country.

There is truly a plethora of candidates that went into consideration, and without a doubt, should still be on each teams radar. Such as, Giovani Bernard who if Mixon can’t go, will be used to set up play action and as a pass blocking back. Mike McGlinchey and Joe Staley, who could stifle the Bengals impressive edge rush and let Jimmy Garapolo settle in, in the pocket. And of course, you can’t forget about George Kittle. A massive vertical and athletic threat in the midde of the field. He will be a handfull for the linebackers.

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If Andy Dalton’s first game with Zac Taylor is an indicator of what’s to come between the two, Dalton may just be a regular on this list in 2019.

Putting up a career high, 418 passing yards up in the rainy Seattle, Dalton should feel even more comfortable back in Cincy– which could be a bit terrifying for a young, but processing niners defense.

With (hopefully) his Left Tackle back in action, that being Cordy Glenn, Dalton’s blindside should be protected with experience as he has to handle a extremely talented 49ers edge presence.

If Dalton can do what he did last week and shred the secondary, the Bengals will be very effective on offense and put up points in a potential barn burner. He needs to be smart with the ball and guide his team to less mental mistakes. Andy is a key piece to the puzzle here.

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Marquise Goodwin is as explosive as amyone in the league, and you never know when he’s going to go off. Much like Tyler Lockett last week for the Bengals, Goodwin can sneak down the field without skipping a beat and pick up a chunk of yards, if you’re lucky enough to catch him.

Jessie Bates III must step up to the plate here and take the rains of the defense. He was tricked last week on a deep ball to Lockett for a touchdown. If the Bengals don’t want that same result, Bates and the D will need to keep an eye on Goodwin. He has the ability to hit multiple homeruns a game.

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Jessie Bates had a phenomenal rookie season as he snagged 3 INTs and helped keep a lid on a historically bad Bengals defense. Now he hopes to man that defense and take control of the field under new defensive coordinator, Lou Anarumo.

Bates will play a pivotal role in Sundays matchup against the 49ers. He must be responsible for playing a smart game, recognizing the 49ers plays and reacting. If he does so, we have a huge leg up. If Garapolo is pressured early and often, look for him to start making mistakes. And thats where Bates can literally and figuratively jump in.

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Richard Sherman has the sneaky ability to shut down half of the field for the Bengals this week. In the game against Seattle, John Ross emerged as the primary passing target with Boyd being the safety blanket. If this trend continues of just one passing threat while AJ is out that could spell doom. This former Leigon of Boom member still has lockdown capabilities. Dalton will need to be smart with the ball and continue to spread the ball around.

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Cordy Glenn will be taking on the likes of Nick Bosa this week in his 2019 season debut. Glenn was ruled out last week with a concussion- familiar face Andre Smith filled in.

Glenn will be tasked with protecting Andy’s blindside as he attempts to put up another 400 yard passing day. When Dalton had time in the pocket last week, he and the receivers were brillant. Keeping the pressure off Andy will be huge this game and the Bengals just got an Upgrade to their Offensive line.

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