Bengals pregame: Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons


The Atlanta Falcons logo in front of the Cinncinati Bengals Logo.

Fans are in shock! The Atlanta Falcons, a team not anticipated to do well have been competitive with some of the elite teams in the NFL. They beat the San Francisco 49’ers in their week 6 matchup.

In week 7 they come to the Queen City to take on Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals, who looked good in their week 6 matchup with the Saints are favored to win this matchup but the Falcons have been sneakily good this year.

Last year’s Burrow-to-Chase connection looked in last year’s form last week as Chase had 132 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns, and 7 receptions. 

Burrow passed for an above-average 300 yards with a remarkable 71% completion percentage, and 3 touchdowns. He also had 25 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Joe Mixon only rushed for 45 yards on 8 attempts and wasn’t that productive in the receiving game. However, he was productive enough to complement the passing game and open up the play-action portion of the playbook.

Other Bengals receivers were products such as Tyler Boyd who caught 6 balls on 6 targets for 66 yards. Tee Higgins caught 6 balls on 9 targets for only 47 yards.

The Bengals Defense has been solid all season, but the Falcon’s offense looked incredible last week against one of the league’s best defenses, the 49’ers.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 129 yards with a remarkable 92% completion percentage, and had 2 touchdowns. He also had 50 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown.

Falcons receiver Drake London caught 3 balls for 40 yards and pass-catching tight-end, Kyle Pitts only caught 3 balls for 19 yards but did have a touchdown. Most of the Falcon’s yards came from the ground game.

The Bengals’ defense has been consistently good against the run but last week their run defense looked like it took a step back.

Alvin Kamara ran for 99 yards last week, as well as Rashid Shaheed rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown.

This will probably be a run-focused offensive plan for the Falcons this week and a pass-focused offense for the Bengals as the Falcons have a below-average secondary apart from AJ Terrell. 

Despite the belief of many fans, this could be a close game. It should be a fun game to watch.