Cincinnati Bengals: Players to watch vs. Packers in Week 3

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CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 23: Jamar Taylor #21 of the Cleveland Browns attempts to tackle A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Looking at a few key Cincinnati Bengals players in their Week 3 matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

Two weeks into the 2017 season, the Cincinnati Bengals have two ugly losses to show for their efforts. It’s already led to the team to fire their offensive coordinator, who played a major role in the development and execution issues which are the crux of a horrifically underperforming unit.

In those two games, Cincinnati went on 25 offensive drives. Those drives resulted in no touchdowns, three field goals, four interceptions, two lost fumbles, two turnovers on downs, two end-of-game drives, and 12 punts. The unit faced 28 different third-down attempts and only eight were converted. It had been a mess, and without him it should become better.

Better enough to win this week? That’s a tough sell, though not impossible. For Cincinnati to have any hope of salvaging their fleeting playoff hopes however, they almost certainly will need to come away with the victory.

Teams starting 0-2 are already at a major disadvantage (10 of 91 teams to start 0-2 have made the playoffs since 2007), but going 0-3 would be nigh impossible. Since 1980, only five of the 168 teams to start a season 0-3 have reached the postseason. If Cincinnati’s 2017 is going to make a turn for the better, it must happen now. With that in mind, here’s a few players who will be key to making an upset against Green Bay come to pass.

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