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Bengals Vs Bears: Five Initial Reactions

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Aug 24, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end

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(57) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

3. Resign Andrew Whitworth ASAP

The Bengals starting offensive line looked much better this week; the Bengals’ quarterbacks were 12-for-12 going into halftime, while Jeremy Hill had 46 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. That’s the good news; the bad news is that the second team offensive line was not good. The debut of second-round pick Jake Fisher is something I’m sure he would like to forget as he was flagged multiple times and allowed numerous quarterback hits. He clearly is not ready for significant snaps, and with the Bengals first round pick tackle Cedric Oghuehi yet to take a practice snap, the tackles of the future look far from ready to take Big Whit’s spot on the line.

4. Hunting For a Roster Spot

If the only thing I had seen was the last two preseason games, I would have to put Margus Hunt on this roster. I will even venture to say that he has made far more of an impact then second-year defensive end Will Clarke, who received tons of hype all offseason long. One one play last night, Hunt drew a penalty when the Estonian straight-armed tackle Jordan Mills back to the quarterback. The bottom line this: when Hunt has been in the game, he is electric. Coaches have taken notice to Hunt’s improvement, which could ultimately lead to Hunt earning a spot on the roster. And while Clarke has some good traits, he still looks raw, despite playing loads of snaps.

5. Talk Of the Town

Backup quarterback A.J. McCarron looked great last night, and not second team great. McCarron looked like a seasoned veteran in the pocket and is clearly going to have fans chanting his name the first time Andy Dalton throws a pick-six. McCarron led the only scoring drive last week in Tampa and was one of the lone bright spots in a disappointing performance. And this week, working against the ones, McCarron was spot on, leading two more scoring drives and going 11-for-11 headed into halftime with a 21-3 lead. It would take an Andy Dalton injury for McCarron to see action with the starters, but at least we know what we have in the promising second-year backup quarterback.