Preseason Game 3: Why so Serious?

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Despite their 430+ yards per game offensive efforts through games one and two, the Bengals are 2.5 point underdogs when they travel to AT&T Stadium, aka Jerry’s World, to take on the Dallas Cowboys Saturday evening. So while the first team defense has not yet given up a touchdown and the Cowboys are recovering from a disappointing performance at Phoenix where they managed only a single touchdown, why the weak outlook? With two preseason wins… Why so serious?

Yes, there’s plenty of preseason hype surrounding the Bengal’s prospects in 2013. But what do we get from the  naysayers such as Sean O’Donnell of the Bleacher Report?

 

Aug 30, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still (75) runs of the field during a time out during the game against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

 

O’Donnell looks at the Bengal’s disappointments. He points out that Devon Still, second on the D-Line depth chart behind Geno Atkins, is not “holding up” at the line of scrimmage and the second year former Nittany Lion needs “drastic improvement” to make a positive contribution in the D-Line rotation. In the past, Still has been criticized for inconsistent play despite his 6’5″ 320 frame that would make him a sizable force if he were to get his technique and effort up to the same level. At Tennessee, he notched two tackles to go with his three from his week one effort that included a sack.

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