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ICYMI: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Bengals vs Lions

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The Bad

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Defense – The Lions have an extremely potent offense, and the Bengals did shut down the run game, but that makes 2 weeks in a row where the defense has looked bad. 0 sacks, 0 turnovers and 3 TD drives of 78+ yards. Good thing the offense showed up this week, because the defense did not do their job.

The Run Game – After back-to-back games of 160+ yards rushing, the Bengals faced the 29th ranked run defense (surrendering 124.8 ypg)… and came out with just 57 yards on the ground (3.2 ypc). That is very disappointing. Good thing the passing game stepped up.

Dalton’s Long Ball – As good of a game as Dalton had (and it was a great game), his long ball struggled again. 3 times Green beat his man deep for a TD and all 3 times Dalton underthrew him. Green was able to come back and get one and turn it into a TD, but not the other two. When the opportunity is there, Dalton has to connect on those. I will say, I would rather he under throw it than over throw it (because Green at least has a chance then), but I would prefer he learn how fast Green is and get the ball out there far enough to hit Green in stride.

Nugent’s Missed FG – 47 yard FGs are not give me’s, but when kicking indoors, they should be. That is now 2 weeks in a row a Nugent missed FG that could have cost the Bengals the game. The good thing? That is now 2 weeks in a row Nugent picked himself off the mat to kick a game winner. With that being said, I believe the Bengals kept the wrong kicker and should have held on to Josh Brown.