The San Francisco 49ers visit the Bengals in Week 2 and will look to pull off a second consecutive road win. Attacking these five Cincinnati weaknesses would be wise for head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co.
After pulling off a rather surprising 31-17 win in Week 1 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the San Francisco 49ers will try to make it 2-0 on the road against the 0-1 Cincinnati Bengals, who are coming off a narrow 21-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks to kick off their 2019 campaign.
The Bengals put on a good show in Seattle, dominating nearly every category over the Niners’ NFC West division rivals, aside from the one that mattered most: the final score.
So, despite Cincinnati’s underwhelming struggles over the past few years, this Week 2 contest could prove to be something of a problem for head coach Kyle Shanahan. The Bengals offense is still dangerous, despite underachievement the past few years. And while Cincinnati’s defense ranked third worst in points allowed a year ago, holding the Seahawks to a mere 268 total yards in Week 1 is nothing to scoff at.
San Francisco won’t have to worry about making a back-and-forth trip from Florida, to Santa Clara and then on to Cincinnati, staying nearby in Youngstown, Ohio in preparation for this contest.
Aside from that minor bit of preparation for this contest, the 49ers still have to come up with a game plan to knock off quarterback Andy Dalton and a Bengals team looking to find relevance in a still-tough AFC North.
Thankfully, there are some notable weaknesses the Niners can attack this Sunday. Going after these five in particular would be an excellent idea for Shanahan to get the 49ers to 2-0 on the young season.