Monday Night Observations

That game could not have gone worse. I had the Bengals +3.5, Juju Smith-Schuster and Tyler Boyd, and I was going against James Conner.

Plus I actually had to watch the game, albeit only the 40-minute edited version.

Mason Rudolph had good numbers, but I’m not buying him as the long-term solution in Pittsburgh. He’s not mobile, and most of his throws were to running backs. His one deep TD to Diontae Johnson was good enough, but Johnson was wide open, and Rudolph had all day to throw.

Jaylen Samuels and James Conner are roughly in a 50/50 timeshare. Conner was more efficient Monday night, but Samuels looks like the shiftier, more versatile back to me. Samuels was also the one getting snaps in the Wildcat.

The Bengals are a bottom three team. Andy Dalton held the ball too long on the rare occasion he had any time, and the line can’t run or pass block.

People were slagging Zac Taylor for running the ball with a three-TD deficit, but it seemed, not unreasonably, he lost faith in his team’s ability to protect Dalton, and he wanted him to get out in one piece.

The Bengals defense had no answer for short throws to running backs, but I’d be surprised if that gimmick offense worked on a real defense.

Tyler Eifert got enough targets that he’ll be hyped this week for the match-up against the Cardinals. Talk about a bum fight.

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