Zac Taylor: These players want the toughest road

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The Bengals have been playing with an oversized chip on their collective shoulders for a while now.

The team clearly took the league publicizing the ticket sales for the theoretical neutral-site game between the Bills and Chiefs as a slight and used that for motivation to dominate Buffalo in the divisional round.

So as the team heads back to a hostile environment in Kansas City for a second consecutive AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs, head coach Zac Taylor feels like his club has the right attitude to handle whatever happens. And he’ll continue to use the bulletin-board material provided to him.

“They want the toughest road,” Taylor said in an interview with Geoff Hobson of the team’s website. “Whatever ammunition I can give them to help them understand that we’re in a tough road, I’ll give it to them because that’s what they respond the best to. With high stakes, I like our team’s chances because of the mindset they have every day they walk into the building.”

Taylor added that the Bengals are playing with a lot of confidence.

“That’s just because they know how prepared they are,” Taylor said. “They know what it takes [t]o follow a routine, get themselves ready for when they walk on the field on Sunday and be at their best.”

The Bengals are technically not underdogs any longer, as they’re now favored over the Chiefs by 1.5 points at most sports books and two points at others. But they’ll likely still use their same underdog mentality when they line up at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

10 responses to “Zac Taylor: These players want the toughest road

  1. I love the Bengals. Classy, talented, tough and road tested. They break through this year and bring their first Lombardi home. They’re the only team left that can go toe to toe with Philly

  2. MORE AND MORE TALK FROM THE BENGALS. “We are disrespected, we are underdogs” blah blah blah. Real football fans know this is an elite team, and look like a SB team, AGAIN.

    More rah rah talk and sound bites from Cincy. Sheesh. Show some class. Last i checked, the NFL and the pundits and fans dont come up with Betting lines, thats Vegas computer nerds. I want to see this team in the SB, but i cant suffer through a pre-SB week of press conferences hearing this same talk over and over…

  3. Burrow’s 50 mil per in 2023 and beyond will absolutely create some cap havoc, so take advantage of this opportunity.

    Cincy is the more complete team with the better roster and they will be a tough out.

  4. People seem to be forgetting that the Chiefs have a dominant D-Line and potential DPOY Chris Jones. The Bengals will be lining up with 3 backups. I like the Chiefs chances to hit Burrow often. Plus, Joey won’t be able to hear all game.

    The Bengals better protect Joey Burrow and his fragile knee.

  5. Funny how people this week say they aren’t underdogs are the Betsy same people were saying they’d be one and done or had no chance against Buffalo. Well….which is it?

  6. People seem to be forgetting that the Chiefs have a dominant D-Line and potential DPOY Chris Jones. The Bengals will be lining up with 3 backups. I like the Chiefs chances to hit Burrow often. Plus, Joey won’t be able to hear all game.

    The Bengals better protect Joey Burrow and his fragile knee.

    LOL….LOL
    They had a worse line last year and the Chefs jave the same players on that dline they jad last hear..Oh and there were who dey chants in arrowhead last year

  7. geobh says:
    January 25, 2023 at 12:31 pm
    it is going to happen this year. bringing home the Lombardy.

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    They may bring home the Lombardy but the won’t bring home the LOMBARDI. bungle fans; SMH…

  8. People seem to be forgetting that the Chiefs have a dominant D-Line and potential DPOY Chris Jones. The Bengals will be lining up with 3 backups. I like the Chiefs chances to hit Burrow often. Plus, Joey won’t be able to hear all game.

    The Bengals better protect Joey Burrow and his fragile knee.
    ———————
    Literally heard the same thing last week (Eric Weddle has since disappeared).

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