Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals Matchup Preview 10/6/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The 0-3-1 Cardinals are taking on the 0-4 Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. These two teams both have bottom 10 offenses and bottom 10 defenses, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Kyler Murray has been looking more and more promising this year as he gets used to being in the NFL, a tough task for any rookie. His offensive line hasn’t been helping, allowing 20 sacks total, the most in the league. The Bengals are right there with them, allowing 19 sacks and coming in at 31st in the league, just above the Cardinals. Dalton, the veteran, hasn’t been playing very well this year, with 5 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and an 82.2 average passer rating. While Murray’s rating is below Dalton’s, at 78.8, he has the ability to run which can really help his offense. The Cardinals are the favorites in this game, due to the potential of Kyler Murray, but it could really swing either way. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals matchup page.
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM PST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Cardinals: Zach Allen (Q), Damiere Byrd (Q), Dennis Gardeck (Q), Christian Kirk (Q), Andy Lee (Q)
Bengals: Cordy Glenn (Q), A.J. Green (O), John Ross III (O)
Arizona Cardinals Analysis
The Cardinals lost against the Seahawks last week, as predicted. Again, Kyler Murray had a lot of attempts. He went 22/32 on the day for 241 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. However, this was against a Seattle secondary which is doing pretty well this year. The Cardinals pass offense has been pretty weak against high rated pass defenses In week 3, they faced the Panthers, whose pass defense is rated number 1 for least yards allowed. Murray didn’t even hit 200 yards on that game. However, against weaker pass defenses, Murray has been playing pretty well. In week 1 against the Lions, currently ranked at 26th in the league, Murray threw for 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. In week 2, against the Ravens 30th ranked pass defense, he threw for 349 yards. The Bengals are ranked 17th against the pass, right below the Seahawks, who held him to 241 yards and no interceptions. However, I don’t think this means he’s going to have another subpar performance. The Bengals have allowed a 116.0 passer rating this year, the third highest in the league. Furthermore, a big problem for the Cardinals passing game has been their week offensive line, allowing the most sacks in the league. The Bengals have only gotten five sacks this season. Murray may have a lot more time this game, which is what a rookie quarterback needs.
David Johnson is going to be a player to look out for this game. Last game, against the Seahawks, he ran 11 times for 40 yards and caught the ball 8 times for 99 yards. The veteran Larry Fitzgerald also has been seeing the ball a pretty consistent amount under Murray, getting 5 or more receptions per game and with 2 touchdowns on the year. The Cardinals definitely have weapons on offense. I predict that against this weak Bengals defense, the Cardinals are going to be able to show off their weapons and score big to get their first win of the season.
Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart
Cincinnati Bengals Analysis
The Bengals have had an unfortunate season in 2019. Four games in, they haven’t seen a win yet. They almost pulled off an upset against the Seahawks and looked pretty strong in that game, but since then have been, for the most part, underwhelming. Andy Dalton has a disappointing stat line this year, with 5 touchdowns, four interceptions, and a passer rating of 82.2. Dalton opened the season looking really strong, throwing 418 yards for 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. This was, in part, due to an excellent performance from John Ross, who went for 158 of those 418 yards on 7 catches and scored those two touchdowns. Unfortunately, Ross is out against Arizona after being placed on IR for a shoulder injury.
The Bengals are a single-faceted offense. They’re dead last in the league for rushing yards, getting an average 49.5 yards per game on the ground. This wouldn’t necessarily be a death-knell for the Bengals if their pass offense was putting up good numbers, but they aren’t. The Bengals have allowed 19 sacks this season, 2nd most in the league. The Cardinals are tied for 10th in the league for the most sacks, with 11th. The Bengals offensive line is going to need to step it up against the Cardinals. They need their passing game to be on point during this game, and based on how they’ve performed so far, it’s not looking like that will happen. However, the Cardinals allow second the highest passer rating on average with 118.4 points. Dalton may have a chance to get back to those week 1 numbers, but it seems unlikely without John Ross on the roster.
Cincinnati Bengals Depth Chart
David Johnson is going to be a good pickup this week. Arizona’s offense has the potential to put up a lot of points this week, and David Johnson will be instrumental in the Cardinals’ offense if they are to put up huge numbers on Sunday. He’s a great weapon on offense who can do it all, putting up big numbers on the ground and through the air. Larry Fitzgerald might also be a good choice against the Bengals. The veteran receiver has been somewhat of a go-to for Murray this season, and has shown that he’s still a fantastic player. If the Cardinals offense does show up on Sunday like I’m expecting they will, Fitzgerald is going to get you some big fantasy points. I’d avoid using any Bengals receivers this week, as the Cardinals’ pass rush is going to give Andy Dalton some trouble. More pressure means more inaccurate throws, which means fewer catches and therefore fewer points for the Fantasy owner.