Cincinnati Bengals Can Find Positives in First Preseason Game
Aug 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) makes a catch for a touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Ron Parker (38) defends during the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals traveled to Kansas City Thursday to take on the Chiefs in their first of four preseason games. The best part is that Bengals fans should have walked away with a number of positive in last night game. Here are my top 5 from last night:
#1) Even though they lost a Wide Receiver to Restricted Free Agency, they still have viable options.
Although AJ Green still had an impressive night on 2 catches, Dane Sanzenbacher was just as impressive with 2 catches for 46 yards and a touchdown and Brandon Tate made a great play for a touchdown as well.
#2) They will have depth at Running Back no matter who they keep.
Many people think it will be Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard in the backfield during week 1, but honestly, Rex Burkhead, Cedric Peerman, or Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis, showed potential to get that coveted last depth spot.
#3) Andy Dalton had a more efficient and effective passing game in 5 attempts.
He completed 3 of his 5 passes for 71 yards. If he can find an average of 10+ yards per pass at any point this season, Bengals fans will rejoice. I know it is a small sample size and only preseason but this is a huge leap in the right direction.
#4) Hue Jackson’s offense seemed to fit this team very well.
Obviously it is a newer system, even if there were some similarities between his system and former Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden. It seemed to show positive steps in taking pressure off of Dalton and the passing game and featured a more balanced offense.
#5) Key defensive players made some plays and gained some confidence early.
New Bengals and Former Texan, Danieal Manning, proved he can fit in with 4 tackles and an assist. Margus Hunt and Robert Geathers each got to the QB once and Vincent Rey pitched in as well.
With new schemes on both offense and defense, the Bengals showed that they have the potential to start off the season on the right foot. They just need to keep key players healthy and the younger players growing into their respective roles.