1) THUNDER AND LIGHTNING** The Bengals running game has been impressive this season. They're averaging 126 yards per game behind the rookie Jeremy Hill and second year player Giovani Bernard. Hill is the thunder of the operation and has been receiving the majority of the carries of late. He provides the downhill power runner that Bengals OC Hue Jackson likes to use in his offense. Bernard is the lightning. A quick shifty back the can make a tremendous amount of big plays in space. The Bucs defense must step up and tackle both backs and keep this Bengals running game in check.2) TAKE CARE OF THE BALL QB Josh McCown is the key to the Bucs offensive success. Over the last few weeks he's been passing for very high numbers but not protecting the football. If he doesn't turn the ball over in this game, he will allow this Bucs team to have a chance to win the game in the 4th quarter.3) DALTON TO GREEN Teams across the NFL have found this combo almost impossible to stop. AJ Green caught 12 balls last week for 121 yards. Green is arguably the best wide receiver in the game. The balance provides the Bengals with an offensive attack that will give most defenses headaches. Like last week vs the Bears the defense will have to overachieve and disrupt the flow of Dalton. With Lavonte David potential down for the second straight week the Bucs need to play fundamentally sound with some back up players again this week.4) ATTACK THE WEAKEST LINK
The Bengals lost their best offensive lineman, right tackle Andre Smith, to injury last week. Marshall Newhouse will be their new tackle on the right side. Offensive lineman are hard to find especially backups. Defensive ends Jacquies Smith and Michael Johnson must apply a serious pass rush when matched up with Newhouse. Johnson, a former Bengal, should have some extra motivation vs his old team on Sunday.