The Cincinnati Bengals have improved dramatically in several areas this season, following a Super Bowl loss in 2021.
After losing their first Super Bowl appearance since 1988, the Bengals have been able to be more successful in multiple areas, including the red zone.
This is a massive reason why the Bengals are better this season.
Red zone TD percentage:
2021 — 17th
2022 — 4th https://t.co/D65pihkWUI
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 6, 2022
The Bengals are scoring touchdowns at a 66 percent rate when they enter the red zone this season.
This rate is fourth in the league, behind the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys.
Besides their red zone touchdown percentage, the Bengals have also improved in other areas this season as well.
Protecting The Quarterback
In 2021, Joe Burrow was sacked 55 times, which was the third-highest rate in the league.
Only the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens allowed more sacks last year.
Although he has still been sacked 36 times this season, the Bengals have made definite improvements to their offensive line, giving Burrow more time in the pocket, and is able to make better-throwing decisions.
One of the biggest offseason additions that the Bengals was adding offensive tackle La’el Collins from the Dallas Cowboys.
By inking Collins to a three-year deal, the Bengals have put their money where their mouth is.
The Bengals are continuously improving this offensive line, ensuring that Burrow will continue his success in the NFL.
With an improving offensive line, a better red zone touchdown rate, and offensive weapons that keep getting better, the Bengals are slated to make yet another deep playoff run.