2. Contain pressure from the Bengals’ defensive line.
One of the strengths of the Bengals’ roster is their defensive line. Carlos Dunlap is one of the league’s best veteran edge defenders. They acquired D.J. Reader in free agency this offseason and still have Geno Atkins causing havoc in the middle. Atkins might be a game-time decision due to missing practice for the last two days.
It doesn’t help that the Chargers are going to be dealing with some shifting on their offensive line. Mike Pouncey is out for Week 1 with a hip injury, which likely leads to Dan Feeney shifting over to center again. In terms of the starting five from right tackle to left tackle, it will probably be Bryan Bulaga-Trai Turner-Feeney-Forrest Lamp-Sam Tevi.
While some fans will groan with Tevi, he’s actually not the one I’m most concerned about on the line. Forrest Lamp is going to be starting at guard again when he didn’t really show why he should be starting throughout training camp.
Injuries definitely have taken away some of his ability in recent years. More than anyone else on the offensive line, he has to be at his best going against Reader, Atkins, and maybe Mike Daniels as well.
The Chargers have to come out with a good offensive line performance in Tyrod Taylor‘s first game. If they don’t, the Bengals could create plenty of offensive opportunities for themselves.