The Bengals defense came out and played with a purpose early on, getting constant pressure on Matt Ryan and rapping up ball carriers very well and forcing punts on the Falcons’ first two offensive drives. The first-team defense continued to play well, despite giving up two late scores right before halftime.
The o-line did much better in run-blocking but still let Andy Dalton face too much pressure in pass protection.
Rookie guard Kevin Zeitler did very well as he was matched up against former first-rounder Peria Jerry for most of the night. He sustained his blocks much better than last week.
Despite the constant pressure, Dalton looked very poise and made several nice plays outside of the pocket.
After last week’s onslaught of injuries, It was scary to see Jermaine Gresham leave the field after he planted his foot awkwardly, but he turned out to be fine and left after he was hurt on a 26-yard catch and run.
Falcons DE Jonathan Abraham got the better of Andrew Whitworth, beating him off the snap several times to get pressure in the face of Dalton.
Terrence Newman struggled in coverage all night, even against the Falcons second-team receivers, and if he doesn’t step up his game going forward, he won’t make the opening day roster.
Dalton finished the game is 8 of 14 for 125 yards and a TD and the Bengals first-team offense was 5 of 6 on third down conversions and left the game with a 10-3 lead.
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