Five Top Storylines As The Bengals Host The Packers | Contipelli's Countdown

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson's 13 quarterback pressures is sixth-most in the league, as he is second among all pass rushers in first pressures.
Defensive end Trey Hendrickson's 13 quarterback pressures is sixth-most in the league, as he is second among all pass rushers in first pressures.

It's your favorite weekly countdown video, turned article. As we await kickoff on Sunday afternoon from Paul Brown Stadium, here are five things you need to know ahead of this week five matchup with the 3-1 Green Bay Packers: 

1. BIG JOE ENERGY

Joe Burrow has been playing at an elite level over the last two weeks. The Bengals scored on every possession in the second half against Jacksonville, as 250 of Burrow's 348 passing yards on the night came in the final two quarters. Burrow was named the AFC Offensive Player of the week for the first time in his career, after tossing two touchdowns to C.J. Uzomah and finishing the night with a 132.8 QB rating, a career high for the young quarterback. Burrow's 78 percent completion percentage in week four was the highest of his career, topping the 77 percent he hit in week three against the Steelers. Through the past two weeks, Burrow has recorded the highest passing grades, according to Pro Football Focus. Burrow graded out at a 92, followed by Justin Herbert at 88.7 and Lamar Jackson at 88.5.

2. JA'MARRVELOUS CHASE

Burrow's fellow LSU teammate Ja'Marr Chase has been a nightmare for defenders in the secondary. Against single coverage this season, Chase has hauled in an NFL high 253 yards and four touchdowns. His 295 scrimmage yards through four games trails only Pittsburgh's Najee Harris by 68 yards for most by a rookie. The impressive thing about this stat is Chase has tallied his yards in just 18 touches, compared to Harris, who has 81 touches on the season. One other eye opening stat when it comes to Chase; Burrow has a passer rating of 147.8 when targeting the rookie receiver.

3. LOCKDOWN LEFT TACKLE

Jonah Williams has been a rock at left tackle for the Bengals, playing every offensive snap so far this season. Per PFF, Williams is tied for fourth among left tackles in pass block efficiency, and ranks near the top of the list for tackles in fewest pressures allowed and run blocking grade. Williams' 81.9 PFF grade against Jacksonville was the fifth best among all tackles for week four, along with being the third year offensive lineman's career high. 

4. EAT, TREY, LOVE

Through four games Trey Hendrickson has been a force off the edge. His 13 quarterback pressures is sixth-most in the league, as he is second among all pass rushers in first pressures. However, what might be the most impressive number yet, is his six quarterback hurries through four weeks. That number is triple the amount of what he had this time one year ago, as he finished last season with seven total quarterback hurries. Hendrickson is well on his way to crushing that number.

5. CHILI VS CHEESE

It's the first time we will see the chili vs cheese matchup at Paul Brown Stadium since 2013, when the Bengals won a 34 to 30 game in thrilling fashion. After taking an early 14 to nothing lead, Green Bay stormed back and put up 30 unanswered. But the Bengals would score the final 20 points of the game to win it, as the defense came up big picking off Aaron Rodgers twice and sacking the quarterback four times. 

Cincinnati enters Sunday's matchup against Green Bay leading the all-time series 7-6, as they have won three of the last four meetings in the Queen City.

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