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Bengals vs. Giants Week 2 Preview

The Cincinnati Bengals head to East Rutherford to take the New York Giants in week 2 of the preseason Sunday night. Don’t expect too many starters, if any, to play for the Bengals as Zac Taylor is not one to overload snaps with his starting-level players, but there will still be some key players to watch throughout the matchup.

How To Watch

The game and all preseason games, for that matter, can be streamed on NFL+ on a mobile device. The game will also be live on NFL Network at 7 PM EST. You could also find the game live depending on your local TV broadcast rights and where you reside.

Things to Watch

Things to keep an eye out for throughout this game is how the offensive line fairs in week two compared to week one. They were very underwhelming in their first preseason matchup, and rightfully so; all the starters sat out, but Jackson Carman, who is battling for the left guard spot, is most likely out tonight due to COVID, so for a guy who struggled in Week 1 and now doesn’t get to make up for it is not in an excellent spot to be in if you are Carman. However, that’ll force us to keep an eye on rookie Cordell Volson who should get to play with the first team.

Also, how does the defensive unit look this week? Last week they let the Cardinals do basically whatever they wanted. Again, it was mostly the backups, but regardless, many of these guys will see a usage rate at some point in the season, possibly right away if you are guys like Dax Hill, Cam Taylor-Britt, Joseph Ossai, Zach Carter, or Markus Bailey. So these reps are significant to prove why they deserve time on the field. The Giants are a team who usually gives starters a few series. Now that will vary on what head coach Brian Daboll feels, but there is a possibility that the Bengals’ defense gets Giants 1st teamers out of the gate, and that could be an actual test to see if Cincinnati can handle it. 

Players To Watch

– RB, Chris Evans

We don’t know how much time Evans will receive as the likely starting back tonight, but he has the potential to see a few series, and last week if it weren’t for penalties negating his big-time plays, he would’ve been the player of the game for the Bengals with ease.

– QB, Jake Browning

Jake Browning was very competent in his time on the field in Week 1, and nobody knows how Zac Taylor feels, but it seems as if Browning has been out playing Brandon Allen. It will be interesting to see how Taylor distributes time amongst the QBs on the roster tonight, with the expectation that Joe Burrow will once again sit out of this game.

– DE, Jeffrey Gunter

Jeffrey Gunter was one of the few bright spots on the Defensive line last week, and it will be interesting to see if he can reciprocate that success again. The rookie out of Coastal Carolina has been a pleasant surprise, and he went from being an unlikely candidate to make the 53-man roster to a borderline lock if he continues to play how he has been.

– OT, OG, Cordell Volson

As mentioned above, Volson has a prime opportunity tonight to take the lead at the left guard position with Jackson Carman out, and he should be the starter tonight with the 1st team. If Volson blossoms and has a great game, it would not be shocking to see him on the 1st team depth chart once it releases next week.

– EDGE, Joseph Ossai

If Ossai gets run tonight, everyone will want to watch him play. Ossai has an every-down motor that just makes him threaten each play. He didn’t get too much time on the field last week, and it makes sense because the Bengals want to ease him back after suffering a season-ending injury around this time last year. But Ossai is a fun player to watch, and even if he is on the field for one or two series, he is worth putting on this list.

– WR, Kendric Pryor

Pryor was the game player last week; easily, after hauling in multiple catches, 80+ yards, and 1 Touchdown, he set the scene as an undrafted WR out of Wisconsin. This team is looking for depth at the WR position behind the trio, and Pryor is slowly creeping his way into

The conversation alongside Mike Thomas, Trenton Irwin, Trent Taylor, and Stanley Morgan Jr. if Pryor can continue this success that he has been having in camp. He could find himself on the roster in the preseason come Week 1

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