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4 Takeaways from the Bengals’ Win Over the Bears

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CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Jake Fisher #74 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to stiff-arm Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers while carrying the ball during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 20, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Jake Fisher #74 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to stiff-arm Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers while carrying the ball during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 20, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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The quarterback hierarchy is clear-cut

Andy Dalton came in for about a quarter and reminded us all what he can do at his best. He looked really sharp, throwing for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns (with a pick) on just 8 passes. He’s obviously the starter for the Bengals.

Jeff Driskel, though, looked immensely better than Matt Barkley, and seemingly takes the lead on the backup quarterback job. Barkley only completed 5/13 passes and didn’t pass the eye test at all. Barkley was supposed to be a veteran presence for this quarterback room, but seemed rattled in his first preseason performance.

Driskel didn’t do much better for most of his time on the field, although he did start the game more accurately than Barkley. Driskel, though, led the Bengals to victory on the final drive of the game. Down 4 points, he made an incredible save in a busted pocket and found Tate in the end zone. Tate was in heavy coverage, but Driskel dropped it right in to him. If Driskel can make plays like that, he will certainly be the backup quarterback over Barkley, who could get cut.

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