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LA Chargers: Pressuring Joe Burrow and the 5 keys to beating the Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 30: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the football during a scrimmage at Paul Brown Stadium on August 30, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 30: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the football during a scrimmage at Paul Brown Stadium on August 30, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

3. Covering Cincinnati’s dynamic receiving group well.

The secondary will have their work cut out for them with the wide receivers on the Bengals. A.J. Green is officially back and has said that he is 100% ready to go. While Green has fallen from prominence due to the injuries, he’s still incredibly talented. If he’s truly healthy, Casey Hayward is going to have his hands full.

After Green, there’s still Tyler Boyd, John Ross III, and second-round pick Tee Higgins to worry about. With Hayward obviously covering Green, I’m very curious to see how the Chargers deal with the rest of these matchups. My guess is that Michael Davis‘ responsibility will primarily be Ross. In terms of keeping up with his speed, Davis is the best possible option since he has 4.3 speed himself.

Chris Harris probably gets matched up with Boyd in that case. Desmond King might be the guy to take Higgins or whoever is in the slot at the time. Regardless of which cornerbacks the Chargers put on the corresponding receivers, they’re relatively challenging matchups.

Burrow also will be tested by the secondary here. How will he do in facing his first NFL secondary with a bad offensive line? It seems like a tough scenario for the rookie, but Chargers fans remember Patrick Mahomes’ debut game in 2018.

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