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Bengals O-Line Gets Major Boost Ahead of Kickoff Against Jets

Larry Rupp
The Bengals offensive line got a major boost ahead of kickoff against the Jets.
The Bengals offensive line got a major boost ahead of kickoff against the Jets. / AP Photos/Kirk Irwin

There's no denying that the Bengals have struggled in pass protection this season. Quarterback Joe Burrow has been sacked a league-high 13 times and could benefit from some stability around him. Cincinnati got a much-needed boost on Sunday morning as right tackle La'el Collins said he will play.

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Collins did not practice at all this week, which led fans to believe he wouldn't be able to suit up against the New York Jets. Head coach Zac Taylor stayed optimistic in his injury reports, though, and Collins made the necessary progress in his recovery from a back injury. His presence cannot be overstated.

The O-line combination of Collins, Jonah Williams, Cordell Volson, Alex Cappa and Ted Karras has played every snap for the Bengals this season. Collins has only allowed 1 sack and drawn 1 penalty, while looking every bit as advertised since signing a three-year deal as a free agent this past spring.

The Bengals have to be desperate for a win on Sunday considering only five teams in the last 50 years have started a season 0-3 and then made the NFL Playoffs. The Jets have only posted 2 sacks on the year, so Cincinnati's offensive line has a chance to shine in this game and keep Burrow upright.

Cincinnati will be looking to avenge a disappointing 34-31 loss to New York at MetLife Stadium in 2020, too. Burrow was sacked three times in that defeat. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds currently list the Bengals as a 6.5-point road favorite against the Jets with odds listed at -280 on the moneyline.

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