Generally always considered a good regular season team under longtime head coach Marvin Lewis, the 3-0 Cincinnati Bengals are showing early signs this year that they may be on the verge of breaking new ground in 2015. Of course, we won’t find that out until months later, when the Bengals hope to finally win a playoff game, but in the meantime, they can continue to work towards securing a first-round bye if they keep winning at their current rate. They’ll have a fine opportunity to remain undefeated when they welcome the Kansas City Chiefs into Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday for their Week 4 contest.
Clearly, the Bengals will be entering their next game with the utmost confidence, being on of the few unbeaten teams in the league remaining. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have lost two in a row after beating the Houston Texans in their season opener. No matter which way this one leans, fans from both sides are getting an outstanding deal in terms of being able to attend the game, as tickets to see the Chiefs and Bengals go at it in a key AFC showdown are averaging only $122.19 on the secondary market, according to SeatSmart.com. Furthermore, the get-in price is just $53. This is terrific value, since Cincinnati Bengals tickets are averaging $149.90 on the year, making this one of their least expensive games throughout the season.
Andy Dalton has been completely ablaze for the Bengals, who have made the playoffs every season he’s been under center, but suddenly look like a seriously dangerous squad. Dalton’s rise has been a huge reason why, as he’s enjoyed three top-shelf performances to start the season. The emergence of would-be scat-back Giovani Bernard has helped, as Bernard’s all-purpose talent has made up for normal starting running back Jeremy Hill’s inconsistency to begin the campaign. Additionally, tight end Tyler Eifert has also been healthy and quite the handful for opposing defenses, which has also made life easier on Dalton and the offense. Should those three players keep up their quality play, Cincy should have little trouble dispatching the Chiefs and moving to 4-0 on the year.
The Bengals undoubtedly enter Week 4 as the favorites over the visiting Chiefs, getting to play a team that’s in a bit of a rough patch within the friendly confines of Paul Brown Stadium. Logic suggests Dalton’s torrid run keeps up, but the Chiefs do have the talent on defense to switch things up and force the Bengals into some mistakes. Justin Houston, for instance, is one of the best pass-rushing linebackers in all of football, and did lead the league in sacks only a season ago. Kansas City also has their best offensive unit in years, spearheaded by the trio of Travis Kelce, Jamaal Charles, and Jeremy Maclin. As a result, the Bengals cannot take their opponent this week lightly, and if they can approach this affair the same way they did in the prior three contests, odds are they’ll remain amongst the ranks of the NFL’s unbeaten.