Bengals pregame: Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints


Nathan Mueller

The Bengals logo next to the Saints logo.

After the Cinncinati Bengals loss to the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Zac Taylor has become the target of public criticism. Specifically due to calling a ‘Philly Special’, in which Joe Burrow flipped the ball to wide receiver, Tyler Boyd to try to throw, but he was sacked losing 12 yards.

This is not the first time Taylor has been criticized for his calls. He has been somewhat of an inconsistent play-caller throughout his coaching career. His conservative running plays and deep shots downfield have become predictable to opposing defenses.

Despite questionable play calls, the season must go on. Heading into week 6 of the NFL season, the Bengals are slated to play the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints have dealt with injuries to their starting quarterback, Jameis Winston. Their backup quarterbacks have both been on the field while Winston is down. In their week 5 matchup with the Seahawks, Taysom Hill, their mobile backup quarterback only passed for 22 yards with 1 touchdown but rushed for 112 yards averaging just over 12 yards per attempt.

It is worth noting that Hill is listed as a tight end, but the Saints utilize him as a rushing quarterback as well as an occasional tight end. He did not play a snap as a tight end in week 5.

Former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, now a New Orleans backup, passed for 187 yards in week 5, he had a completion percentage of 66%, a passing touchdown, and an interception.

On the other side of this week 6 matchup, Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow passed for 217 yards, with one interception, and one passing touchdown, with a completion percentage of 68%.

In week 5 Saints running back, Alvin Kamara was very productive, rushing for 103 yards on 23 carries. However, the Bengals have a respectable run defense with their yards per carrying at just over 4 yards, only having 498 rushing yards against them on the season.

The Bengal’s passing defense has been solid this year too, they have only allowed an average completion percentage of 57%, however only 8 sacks on the year.

Bengals defensive coordinator, Lou Anarumo has been very good with his play calling, becoming a respected figure in Cinncinati sports.

Many fans are looking at Joe Burrow to play better in week 6, and Zac Taylor to call better plays. The Bengals are favorites for this game, and a win here would bring the Bengals back up to a 50% win percentage.

Going forward the team has shown that it has been working through its early season issues, and has an ability to gain some consistency throughout