Brandon Allen Suffers Right Leg Injury vs. Cowboys
This was the second week in a row that Allen was unable to finish the game for the Bengals. He picked up a chest injury in Week 13 vs. the Dolphins and followed that up with a right leg injury in Week 14 vs. the Cowboys. Ryan Finley came on in relief in both contests, and he would likely draw the start if Allen is unable to suit up in Week 15 vs. the Steelers.
Allen has not played well since taking over for the injured Joe Burrow, but he was far from the problem in last week’s contest. He actually moved the ball well on the Bengals’ first three possessions, but the team suffered three straight fumbles to put themselves in an early hole. Allen didn’t record a turnover for the first time all season and finished the game with 217 passing yards and one touchdown on 36 attempts.
The Bengals’ offensive line has been a major problem in 2020 and is something that the team needs to address before the start of next season. Burrow suffered a torn ACL and MCL playing behind this unit, which puts his status for the 2021 season up in the air. He had some promising moments as a rookie, so the team needs to make protecting him their top priority during the offseason.
Whoever is under center this week should fear for their life vs. the Steelers. They possess one of the best pass rushes in the league – they currently rank third in adjusted sack rate – so they should be licking their chops in anticipation of this matchup. They managed to sack Burrow four times in their first meeting this season, so Allen or Finley will likely be under constant duress.