Sep 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) reacts after recording a sack against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Yes, the Bengals defense played a good portion of the game against a back up QB. Yes, Oakland has had it’s issues over the past few years. That does not take away what the Bengals defense was able to accomplish in week one. We were looking for the Bengals to win games they were suppose to win, and they did just that.
They took a shutout into the fourth quarter and only allowed 132 yards of offense to that point. They rotated in some second line players and it was obvious that they took their foot off the gas because the final two drives seemed pretty convincing for the Raiders. That alone isn’t enough to convince me that Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, and the Bengals secondary aren’t going to bring this defense back to the top ten in the NFL.
The Bengals move onto their home opener against the San Diego Chargers. If the Bengals can open up 2-0, they will set themselves up for their first division game against the Ravens in week three.