The Good: Kevin Zeitler
Kevin Zeitler did a much better job blocking last night. He sustained his blocks much better and didn’t look as lost as he did last week. He routinely out-muscled his man and blew him off the LOS and the man he was blocking rarely ever made a play on the Bengals ball carrier.
The Bad: Terrence Newman
Newman struggled mightily in coverage all night long. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who completed 18 of 21 passes for 174 yards in less than two quarters of work, with many of his completions being to whoever Newman was attempting to defend. He did so bad againstAtlanta’s starters that Mike Zimmer kept him in to face the Falcons’ second-team offense, which he continued to struggle against D.J. Davis, who drew a pass-interference penalty against Newman. Zimmer has raved about him during training camp, so maybe last night was just an off night. If it becomes the norm, its hard to see Newman making the opening day roster.
The Ugly: The Refs
You know its bad when former head of official Mike Pereira is pointing out the replacement officials can’t even spot the ball correctly after a penalty. The refs continue to be an issue, at one point even calling a 15-yard face mask penalty onAtlantawhen the defender clearly got all jersey. These refs simply aren’t used to the speed of the NFL, and who know how long it will take them to get there, if ever. End this ridiculous lockout now NFL.
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