Another promising sign was the lack of mention about Bears DE Julius Peppers. The Bengals really kept him in check for the majority of the game and again is a promising sign that the offensive line is going to carry on from last year and pave the way for the run game and keep the QB on his feet.
The Bengals just needed to show more discipline and execution and the game should have been ours. Costly penalties and Sanu’s fumble arguably lost us the game. Those are however, the type of things that will gradually be taken out of the Bengals game as the season progresses, and once that D-Line kicks into gear, we can begin to dominate teams in the trenches and win football games. Next weeks game with a reeling Steelers team should give us fans a better look at this offense, and with no Pouncey, a better look at that defensive front which had 0 sacks against Chicago.