September 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage between the Oakland Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals had one of the most convincing week one wins that we have seen in years from this franchise. Andy Dalton had no interceptions, Tyler Eifert seemed to be comfortable in the number one tight end role, and the defense forced turnovers and gained pressure on the passing game. It felt like we were watching the most complete Bengals team that we have seen since the late 1980’s.
The highs were very easy to spot and the lows weren’t as easy, but there were a few. Adam Jones seemed to re-live his “Pacman” days when he decided to smash the head of Oakland Raiders rookie, Amari Cooper, into his own helmet after some heated exchanges. The defense didn’t finish as strong as we would have likes to see, allowing 13 fourth quarter points after three quarters of shutdown football. Also allowing 114 yards on the Raiders final two drives, which was just under half of the 246 total yards gained.
All that said, here are our three takeaways from the Bengals week one victory in Oakland.
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