Analyzing the 1st Quarter: Slow Start Nearly Doomed Bengals

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Some things are better off forgotten….the Bengals first quarter would be one of those things. Lucky for you, I am going to break down the first quarter for you just so you can appreciate the beauty of the other three quarters. You are welcome.

 

Here re some things noticed in the first quarter:

 

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Gruden’s Game Plan

No one enjoys pounding on Gruden for his poor game plans more than I do, but thanks to penalties (4 offensive) and completions to the other team (2), I didn’t even have an opportunity to see what Gruden had drawn up for the first quarter. I am giving Gruden the benefit of the doubt that his game plan did not call for loads of penalties and interceptions.

Penalties

Penalties continue to plague this team. A week after a 9 penalty 134 yard effort, the Bengals rattled off 5 penalties for 50 yards in the first quarter (only 4 for 45 were actually accepted) – including a 10 yard hold by Kyle Cooke on the first play of the game. Dalton is playing poor enough on his own right now, starting him in 1st and 2nd and 20s (twice in the first quarter) only compounds the problem.

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