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Bengals Defeat Colts: 3 Things We Learned from Week 1

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Running Back Joe Mixon
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Running Back Joe Mixon /
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The offensive line has actually improved

Coming into the season, there was a degree of optimism that the offensive line had improved and would not be a liability this season. The hiring of Dallas offensive line coach Frank Pollack, the drafting of Billy Price at center, and the acquisition of Cordy Glenn (above) at left tackle all seemed like positive moves. Some rough preseason showings and Glenn’s injury scare put a damper on that hope, but the unit played really well today.

The run blocking was by far the most impressive aspect of the offensive line. Mixon had holes to run through all day, easily getting to the second level. The zone blocking concepts that Pollack introduced seem to have taken hold with these linemen. That’s allowing them to get better blocks initially and at the second level. The pass blocking was solid, although the Colts’ pass rush didn’t put up much of a challenge.

One thing to note here is the right side of the line. The left side – Glenn, Clint Boling, and Price – was never really in doubt, and they showed today why they are definite starters. At right guard, the Bengals went with Alex Redmond, a true mauler. Redmond had a solid showing, especially in the run game. At right tackle, the team went with Bobby Hart, and that choice needs to change. Hart was the clear weak link, allowing pressure all game long. If the Bengals replace Hart, this line could become even better.