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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Offense

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Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad:

Jermaine Gresham – If Gresham wants big money (and I am guessing he will), I don’t see how the Bengals pay him. The only thing he is good for is penalties, drops, fumbles and high blood pressure. Gresham put the Bengals in another hole on Sunday with his false start on 1st down and dropped an opportunity to get the Bengals out of a hole on a well-placed Dalton pass on 3rd and 12. Gresham remains one of the most frustrating Bengals of my life time. If not for Burfict’s 2 bogus unnecessary roughness penalties, Gresham would lead the team with 4 penalties (2 holds, 2 false starts).

Dalton taking Sacks – Dalton has to be more aware of the situation in the pocket and cannot continue to take sacks by holding onto the ball so long. In the 3rd quarter, he took a 10 yard sack on front side on 3rd and 5 at the Buffalo 24. If not for the great catch by Sanzenbacher, this would have cost the Bengals a FG. Dalton continues to hold onto the ball too long and look antsy in the pocket.

Series Before the Bills Game Tying Drive – 2 things I didn’t like about this series: 1) on 3rd and 1, why not run BJGE? That is his strength and the biggest asset he brings to this team. 2) They didn’t get the first down with Bernard, and were left with 4th and 1 foot – get the first down and the game is over. If you trust your defense as much as they apparently did, take the QB up the middle and end the game. If you don’t get it, asking your defense to not allow a practice squad QB to go 40 yards shouldn’t be too hard (though it obviously was).