The Bengals defense has also played pretty well, forcing turnovers, sacks and holding the first string Atlanta Falcons and first string Tennessee Titans offenses to 3 points each respectively. The exposure of the Bengals secondary during preseason week 3 at Dallas was the most surprising thing during this camp/preseason. The road for the Bengals secondary only gets rockier as the season progresses. The Bengals play against Jay Cutler, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rogers, and Tom Brady in four of the first five games. If there are any coverage issues, they will certainly be uncovered during these games. Solid coverage is the difference between a 4-1 start, or a disappointing 2-3 start.
Now the work for the 2013 Cincinnati Bengals lies in the hands of the front office. The Bengals ultimately have to get the roster down to the game day cutoff of 53. That’s it, 53 players take the field Sunday September 8th versus the Chicago Bears. Film and observation determines this final roster, but as training camp and preseason wind down, be prepared to say goodbye to some familiar faces, and hello to the 2013 Cincinnati Bengals.
As the preseason comes to a close, check out the Razorgator Blog for an interesting perspective on how Hard Knocks has influenced Cincinnati’s season.