Cincinnati Bengals Look Sharp Early

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Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) leads his team onto the field for pregame warmups against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) leads his team onto the field for pregame warmups against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cincinnati Bengals look incredibly sharp early on in Jacksonville.

The Bengals first defensive series made adjustments in the first few downs and looked incredible as they forced a turnover in their first series. Early pressure on Blake Bortles and the running game of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon, didn’t seem to phase them.

In the Jaguars second set of downs, Vincent Rey and Domata Peko forced a fumble, which was set up by pressure from Margus Hunt. It was an impressive start from the first team defense and continued into a forced punt in the second series.

The Bengals offense looked good in their first two series against the Jaguars. Andy Dalton was working to get rid of the ball quickly. The two screen plays run so far have been their biggest gainers, including a touchdown by Giovani Bernard. The running game was looking pretty solid with Bernard and Hill both running well between the tackles. 

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The second drive was marred by penalties however by the offense. A chop block by Ryan Hewitt was legal until he started to roll costing the Bengals 15 yards. A second holding penalty was declined but could have erased a positive play. A false start penalty pushed them back on the third drive that the Bengals running game was moving along, but ultimately stalled.

The Bengals will need to continue to work out their other receivers, outside of A.J. Green. A.J. Green’s night was finished early as he tweaked his knee. It is not expected to be anything serious, but it looks like he is being held out as a precaution for the rest of this game.

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