Last night, I watched the Bengals play the Packers in their matchup in week three of the NFL Preseason. The starters played into the early 3rd quarter, making it the closest preseason game to the games that count. The Packers won 27-13, with Aaron Rodgers rushing for two touchdowns. For Cincinnati, rookie Marvin Jones caught a TD pass from Bruce Gradkowski for the only six-pointer. I came away with a few random thoughts from the game and thought I’d share them for those who were unable to follow along on Twitter last night.
First off, Andy Dalton played better than the statistics indicate. He went 5 of 17 for just 40 yards, but a couple of the misses were smart plays where he threw it away, and Donald Lee dropped an easy one, while Armon Binns was inches away from an amazing TD on a good throw. Dalton had just two bad throws. One was an overthrown ball to a wide open A.J. Green. The other was on a fade route in the endzone to Green, when he didn’t get enough height on the ball. Green was shown pointing up after the play, indicating Dalton should have thrown it up and let Green jump for it. I agree.
The offensive line continues to struggle, and the primary offender is Andrew Whitworth. He was beaten more than once by John Abraham last week, and again this week, he had issues. He was beaten to the outside a few times, but he was also just pushed backwards several times, unable to hold his ground. Is he nursing an injury, or trying to play at a lower weight? I’m not sure, but hopefully it doesn’t linger into the regular season.