Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) celebrates with running back Giovani Bernard (25) in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
If the preseason is any kind of indication of a team’s chemistry and depth, the Cincinnati Bengals would be on the radar of every team in the NFL today. The unselfishness and leadership on this ball club would be setting standards across the league, and every coach would strive to understand how this team has gone from good to great in less than six months.
With a class of determined rookies fighting for spots on the 53 man roster, these players don’t have many chances to make mistakes. Every play could be their last, and that doesn’t seem to shake the confidence of these young ball players.
In two games of preseason action. The Bengals have been without most of the big playmakers that took this team to the playoffs in 2012, and Saturday night was no exception. The starting roster has been a second-string finagle by the coaches to adjust to the minor injuries the Bengals have acquired in practices. The fans have not had the chance to see all the starters on the field in one drive this year, yet the Bengals have manged to look rather impressive on offense and defense.
Stats speak for themselves in the National Football League. Giving up 19 points to the titans is right in line with the 2012 season average of 20 points per game, but it’s the offense that has opened the eyes of every sports analyst and writer in the country.