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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 things we learned in 38-17 loss at Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 10: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass against Justin Hamilton #74 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 10: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass against Justin Hamilton #74 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 10: Head coach Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals looks at his play sheet before a second quarter play against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 10: Head coach Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals looks at his play sheet before a second quarter play against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

Much has been written about the offensive line perhaps being better than initially thought. Eventually, that may prove itself to be true, but if the 38-17 loss to Kansas City showed anything, it is that at the very least, it’s a work in progress.

Hey, it’s still early. Way early actually and Week 1 of preseason football doesn’t define what the season will be. However, the warning signs are there.

The left side of the line is a disaster. O’Shea Dugas and Justin Evans are prime examples of personnel issues that have no quick fix. Both look to be players who should be further down the depth chart versus actual candidates for starting roles. It’s not hard to see the sleepless nights Taylor will have to wonder if his quarterback can stay healthy.

This was especially noticeable during the audition of Jeff Driskel. Driskel took some hits, which didn’t help his effort on a night he looked remarkably average bordering on regrettable. It will be an interesting watch to see how the Bengals begin to develop a rotation that makes the offensive line workable.

For those who hoped against hope that the line was not as bad as feared, Saturday night didn’t help. It is a problem that will require some creativity and maybe a little luck in 2019. It’s easy to see that whatever potential the Bengals have on offense will hinge on the O-line.

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