Bengals know they need points against Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Alex Erickson (12) against Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton (20) at Paul Brown Stadium.Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

WR Alex Erickson: "Obviously we know what their offense presents."

Shortly after Antonio Brown slipped by a pick on cornerback Tony McRae and scored the deciding touchdown with 10 seconds left to hand the Cincinnati Bengals a 28-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the focus turned quickly.

No doubt, the Bengals saw the numbers the Kansas City Chiefs and second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes put up in a 43-40 loss to the New England Patriots.

Their next challenge to keep the good start to the season going is attempting to control Mahomes in a prime-time game in Week 7 at Kansas City. Or if they cannot contain Mahomes, keep pace with him as New England did.

"Obviously we know what their offense presents," Bengals wide receiver Alex Erickson said. "We got to score points. They obviously got a high-powered offense and they obviously present a lot of problems there."

The game was flexed into NBC's prime-time package for two reasons - Kansas City's prolific offense and Cincinnati's quick start.

"I saw his arm talent and what he can do," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "He's obviously been showing it all year. He's playing really well and at a really high level. That's the biggest thing everybody knew about him when he was coming out. I watched him when he was at (Texas) Tech, just being a Big 12 (fan) with TCU. He's playing really well."

It's not just Mahomes. It's what happens when he releases the ball to his intended targets, especially wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

If the Bengals thought Brown was a handful, now comes Hill. Hill scored three touchdowns Sunday and the Bengals enter the game allowing 409.2 yards per game, which is 29th in the league.

"You have an opportunity, but they do have a great variety of quick passes," defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. "Normal quick passes or behind the line of scrimmage with screens or the toss sweep-type passes where it counts as a run. They have a very creative offense."

The Bengals also have allowed 1,818 passing yards which also is fourth-highest and puts them on pace to allow a team-record 4,848.

If the Bengals can take any consolation, the Chiefs are worse in both areas, ranking last with 468.2 yards per game and 31st by allowing 357 passing yards per contest.

The Bengals anticipate plenty of aerial action from the Chiefs. They'll find out whether their effective offense can keep pace while a national audience watches.

SERIES HISTORY: 29th regular-season meeting. Bengals lead series, 15-13. Cincinnati has won four straight games in the series since a 27-20 loss in Kansas City on Oct. 14, 2007. In the most recent meeting in 2015, the Bengals recorded a 36-21 win in Kansas City despite holding the ball for 23:07 in a game where the teams combined for 18 penalties.

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