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Bengals' pass-rushers proving they should use potential top pick on a QB

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The drives before and after halftime of Cincinnati Bengals' 34-13 loss to the New England Patriots showed how a productive pass rush can change games.

Before the half, Cincinnati’s defensive line tallied two sacks that kept the Bengals’ hopes of a victory alive. In the first possession of the second half, the line couldn’t generate any pass rush as the Patriots scored a touchdown.

As the Bengals look toward 2020 and beyond, they need young edge rushers Sam Hubbard and Carl Lawson to aid veterans Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins in the pursuit of opposing quarterbacks.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

It’s unclear if Hubbard and Lawson will turn into elite pass-rushers, but they’ve arguably done enough to show the Bengals should pass on Ohio State’s Chase Young and draft a QB, if Cincinnati has the first overall pick in the 2020 draft.7

On Sunday against the Patriots (11-3), Hubbard and Lawson showed glimpses of their potential. In his first game back from a knee injury, Hubbard notched his sixth sack of the season, his third in as many appearances. Lawson, who has battled a hamstring issue all season, tallied two quarterback hits.

When healthy, both players have been effective for Cincinnati (1-13). And given their relative youth -- Lawson was drafted in 2017 and Hubbard in 2018 -- there’s reason for optimism about their development.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Young is arguably the best player in college football. The Ohio State junior had 16.5 sacks in 11 games this season.

But as Sunday’s game and virtually the entire 2019 season has shown, the Bengals are in dire need of a quarterback. Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton threw four interceptions against the Patriots, tying a career high. The Bengals already used rookie Ryan Finley for three starts this season before going back to Dalton.

The Bengals’ pass rush has looked much better in recent weeks. Cincinnati has 14 sacks in the last six contests. And when the game was in question, the Bengals gave Patriots quarterback Tom Brady problems.

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