Despite loss, Bengals show plenty of promise

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From the looks of the Bengals first drive, it looked like we were in for a long season. On the first offensive possession, Andy Dalton took a three-step drop and a quick fire right to AJ Green, was picked off by Tillman that looked like a sure Pick-6. The play was called back after the player’s knee had touched the ground as he caught the ball. It didn’t look good as Jay Cutler led them to take a 7-0 lead off the turnover. The next drive was a three and out and the Bengals had started off on the wrong foot.

 

Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a 45 yard touchdown pass over Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a 45 yard touchdown pass over Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

After a couple bad penalty’s, Dalton and the offense then answered with a 9 play, 97 yard drive to tie the game at 7. Dalton looked sharp converting 4 of his 5 passes including a beautiful 42 yard pass to AJ Green, who caught it with one hand. Green also caught the touchdown after burning Charles Tillman with an in and out. The Bengals defense was stellar the rest of the first half but forcing a lot of three and outs and giving the ball back to the offense who was on a roll. Before the end of the second quarter, another beautiful 8 play drive was stopped short inside Bears territory.

Dalton threw a perfect pass to Green in coverage that was not only dropped, but also batted into the air and intercepted. Dalton was again, very sharp the whole drive. 

 

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  • Ron Fulton

    I Don’t know how they can win consistently with a bad coach and a medeocre QB. Thet might win in spite of their defiencies. Why would Lewis call the last time out with 8 minutes to go?

  • CincinnatiMike

    Dalton was not mediocre – he is the only one who had his head in the game. The first interception was a timing play where AJ lost position he was supposed to establish on Tillman. The second INT was in AJ’s hands. Neither were Dalton’s fault. As for the rest of the team this was the most depressed I have been in years concerning the bengals because I actually thought they may have a chance this year. But the secondary was exposed time and time again on third down – Kirkpatrick is proving to be a wasted first round pick because he is just so dumb he gives up huge penalty yards time and again for no reason (I keep thinking how much I wanted them to packege his pick to get Luke Keechley), Peerman costs us some 60 yards on a stupid play. Maualuga ends the game on moronic play. The offense was too cute by half with trick plays. Sanu has zero situational awareness as he doesn’t secure the ball on a key 3rd down against the #1 team in takeaways last year. They used all there timeouts on nothing but disorganization. Bonehead teams do not win anything and this is truly a boneheaded team.