Taking the positives from Bengals' first preseason loss

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Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT

A.J. Green scored on another amazing catch in the back of the end zone, when he reached over his defender and landed with both feet in bounds. The play was ruled to be incomplete, and the game went on. Green ended the night with 3 catches and 48 yards with a 26 yard long in his first game of 2013.

Although the Bengals were not showing much pressure on Tony Romo after the first quarter, four players, including Margus Hunt, Rey Malaluga, Taylor Mays and Dontay Moch all had one sack a piece. Wallace Gilberry had one forced fumble that was recovered by the Cowboys.

The strength of the Cincinnati Bengals in the first two preseason games was almost none existent Saturday night in the rushing game. Giovani Bernard led the team with 6 carries for 39 yards, but many of those yards came in the second-half.

The same player the announcers called out on national TV as being the Bengals weakest link in the secondary, was also the night’s leading tackler with 8 tackles and 1 assist. Dre Kirkpatrick had a couple missed tackles when he couldn’t wrap up the receiver. But he also had some nice plays in coverage and deflected a couple passes, and while he didn’t play up to his potential, he still his a bright future ahead of him.

The Highlight of the Night for the Bengals came after a kickoff hit the Dallas jumbo screen, and was flagged for a re-kick. On the following play, Brandon Tate took the kick-off 75 yards for a Bengals touchdown. Probably securing his spot on the roster, and keeping him the most consistent player in the 2013 preseason.

Next week’s game against a hot Indianapolis Colts team coming off a win over the Cleveland Browns 27-6, should be not much different in the aspects of game plan as Marvin Lewis prepares for the season opener against the Chicago Bears. We can easily see Marvin Lewis working out his secondary cuts and deciding what moves will best benefit this football team for the outcome of the 2013 NFL season.

 

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