The Las Vegas Raiders take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11, and here are three members of the Bengals that must be stopped.
The Las Vegas Raiders have a chance to right the ship at home against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, before heading to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. For Las Vegas, this has been a trying few weeks since the bye, losing to the lowly New York Giants on the road, before a clunker against Kansas City in primetime.
Still, they are very much alive in the playoff race, and with a win against Cincinnati, they move their record to 6-4. Here, we look at three Bengals that must be stopped for the Raiders to do just that on Sunday.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Cincinnati: 3 Bengals to stop in Week 11
Ja’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver
The Bengals brought in the teammate of Joe Burrow at LSU, Ja’Marr Chase, with their first-round pick in 2021, and that has certainly worked out for both players. Chase is the favorite to win the AFC’s Offensive Rookie of the Year honor, while Burrow has shaken off an ACL injury to return to being one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.
On Sunday, this combination must be stopped if the Raiders want any chance of winning, especially with how bad the secondary looked against the Chiefs in Week 10.
Joe Burrow, Quarterback
The former Heisman Trophy winner has had a major bounceback season in 2021, throwing for nearly 2,500 yards and completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. Burrow has thrown 20 touchdowns against only 11 interceptions, and if he gets comfortable on Sunday against Las Vegas, the Raiders could be in for a long day.
Patrick Mahomes had what was considered a breakout game against this Raiders defense on Sunday night, and the thought of Burrow doing the same is pretty scary right now.
Logan Wilson, Linebacker
On defense, Logan Wilson has been an absolute menace for the Bengals in both the run and passing game this season. Not only does he lead Cincinnati in tackles, but he also leads them in interceptions, an incredible statistic for a linebacker.
This is a young player who continues to get better every week, so game planning against him on Sunday will prove crucial if the Raiders do what they want to do on the offensive side of the ball.
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The Raiders have enough talent to win this game, but since they have looked so bad recently, they are currently an underdog at home against the Bengals. With a win, they can start to change the narrative surrounding the team, but if they play the way they did on Sunday, a .500 record heading into Dallas is a real possibility.