‘Nothing’ about Bengals offense impresses Chiefs LB Willie Homosexual

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Homosexual added extra gasoline to the group’s rivalry with the Cincinnati Bengals when requested what impressed him most about his opponent’s offense.

“Nothing,” the three-year veteran bluntly informed reporters Thursday. “Nothing.”

That is a daring assertion coming from Homosexual, whose group is 0-3 in opposition to the Bengals previously two years throughout his time within the league and whose protection allowed the Bengals to attain a mean of 28.3 factors per recreation in these three conferences, together with 10 unanswered factors within the fourth quarter nearly eight weeks in the past. Cincinnati additionally ranks seventh in scoring and eighth in yards this season.

A variety of that is due to quarterback Joe Burrow, who’s orchestrated a number of comebacks wins Burrow and averaged 327.3 passing yards per recreation in opposition to the Chiefs. He is additionally posted a career-high 121 passer score in opposition to Kansas Metropolis with a 9:1 touchdown-interception ratio.

Burrow does have quite a lot of assist with two top-20 receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Chase is tied for sixth with 9 receiving touchdowns and seventh in receiving yards per recreation regardless of lacking 5 video games with a hip harm. Joe Mixon can also be one of many higher dual-threat working backs within the league with the fifth-most receptions and sixth-most receiving yards amongst working backs who additionally rushed 210 instances for 814 yards and 7 touchdowns in 14 video games.

Chiefs-Bengals confrontation

Homosexual’s feedback are the newest in a sequence of verbal sparring between the 2 groups earlier than their rematch of the 2022 AFC championship. In final 12 months’s recreation, the Bengals battled from a 21-3 deficit to win, 27-24, in extra time for a shot on the Los Angeles Rams within the Tremendous Bowl.

A lot of the similar faces are again, although the Bengals’ villainy is beginning to show. Security Jessie Bates recently said he hopes Patrick Mahomes‘ harm ankle is absolutely healed so there are “no excuses” if the Bengals win. Cincinnati defensive again Mike Hilton renamed Arrowhead Stadium “Burrowhead” due to Burrow’s undefeated document there.

Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce responded by claiming Arrowhead might break the loudest stadium document due to the Bengals’ latest remarks.

“They’re throwing quite a lot of bulletin board materials on the market,” Kelce said on his podcast.

Aside from the defensive struggles, Mahomes’ ankle ought to be a priority contemplating how he’s played against Cincinnati in the past. He is by no means thrown for greater than 275 yards previously three conferences and struggled within the second half of video games. The betting line has additionally fluctuated as information of Mahomes’ well being trickles out with the Chiefs’ currently holding as the favorite – albeit by one level.

Regardless of all of the discuss, Mahomes sounds confident as he heads into his fourth assembly in opposition to the Burrow-led Bengals.

“I don’t really feel like an underdog,” Mahomes mentioned on Wednesday. “Particularly at Arrowhead.”

Motivated Bengals

This is not the primary time the Bengals have felt disrespected.

Following the cancellation of the Bengals’ Week 17 recreation in opposition to the Buffalo Bills, head coach Zac Taylor made it known how annoyed he and the group have been when the NFL made a number of changes to the playoff seeding. Due to the lack of a recreation, the Bengals and Baltimore Ravens would have needed to flip a coin if Cincinnati misplaced in Week 18. That did not occur – although Mixon did get fined for mocking the NFL’s coin-flip decision within the Bengals’ win.

And when the Bengals upset the Payments to advance to the AFC championship recreation, Burrow and the group told the NFL to “send those refunds” after the league introduced it offered 50,000 tickets to a possible title recreation between the Chiefs and Payments in Atlanta.

Now, the Bengals return to Arrowhead as soon as extra after a tumultuous season each as underdogs and defending AFC champions.

Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay isn't impressed by the Bengals. Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Chiefs linebacker Willie Homosexual is not impressed by the Bengals. Picture by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photographs)

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