The NFL playoffs are here and it’s time to see who are going to be the favorites to win it all. Who are going to let down their fan base, and who forget to show up at the bus. You often hear how defense wins championships and in many cases this is absolutely true, as a defense with a top 10 ranking has been champion in 8 of the last 10.
But I’ve always been a fan of the offensive scheme.
Personally, I feel a better offense has a slight advantage over a better defense. My reasoning – the offense knows exactly what the play is – the defense has to adjust. On the other hand, a team with the top 10 ranking scoring wise, has been champion 9 out of 10 seasons. So take your pick – what’s your preference? Bottom line – you typically need to be able to play well on both sides of the ball, but the age old saying that “defense wins championships” does not hold true as the sole cog behind a championship team – as scoring the ball is just as important in this day and age.
So what we’re going to examine here is – who has and who could be the most feared offensive team in the playoffs this year.
After their 26-19 win vs the Raiders on 1.15.2022 – the Cincinnati Bengals showed some great stuff when facing a tough Las Vegas team. The Bengals play in the division with Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Baltimore – all teams that are very tough to beat, and they all have a defense that is problematic to deal with. When you know your team is going against a viable and competitive defensive team, and you’re still hanging 27 points a game, that says something.
Cincinnati has seemed to thrive when it comes to needing to put points on the board. Their ability to not shrink when the pressure is on – has been spectacular. With the weapons the Bengals have on offense in JaMarr Chase & Tee Higgins, in particular, how can they not feel comfortable needing to score 30, if they need to?
They have looked even far better than I think most people expected them to look this year. They ended the season averaging 27 /game after scoring just 19 /game last year. Cincinnati also seems to have patience – whereas if things aren’t going smoothly early, they have a running game that’s more than capable of trudging along, until it’s time for Joe Burrow to let it rip. Their running game is only at 23rd for rushing yards – but it’s been proven that Joe Mixon can get yards, with his 1205 rushing YDs and 13 rushing TDs – he’s often actually overlooked because of the explosive weapons on the outside that they have. Having that as yet, another option, is an immense push in their favor.
Tee Higgins has phenomenal hands and makes some ridiculous catches in double teams. JaMarr Chase has such scorching, blazing speed that when he gets the ball he’s a constant threat to take off for a 50-yarder. And Tyler Boyd is such a good WR3 for them as he quietly has put up 67 catches and 828 YDs this season. And this is with a subpar Oline. The Bengals are a very dangerous team especially on big play ability. Their ability to score from 30 or 40 yds out at any given time is incredible. Chase had 22 plays of 20 or more yards this year and Higgins had 17 plays of 20 or more yards this year. They are very difficult to deal with – for even the best DBs. When Burrow has a little bit of time in that pocket and he can find his guys. Get down on your favorite picks now at AmericasBookie.