Cincinnati Bengals: 3 things we learned in 38-17 loss at Kansas City
The receivers that the Cincinnati Bengals will be able to put on the field this season is a good one. Even without A.J. Green, Dalton will have some solid options when he puts the ball in the air. The downside is Dalton loses touch when throwing deep, and big plays may prove rare.
Auden Tate and Stanley Morgan Jr both went over 40 receiving yards Saturday night in Kansas City. The group, undervalued as they may be, may prove to be capable while Green rehabs.
For Cincinnati, that’s a positive to come from an injury to a top-line player. It also shows that the Bengals will have some playmakers that give the team chances in 2019.
Already, some has been written that the organization would be better blowing up this season and starting over. You can probably make a reasonable argument, and the loss to the Chiefs would provide a template for such a discussion.
One game into the exhibition season can show some flaws, but not a reason to push the panic button. Certainly, you can point to the offensive line, gaffes on special teams, and uninspiring play from the depth chart that gives even the most fervent of fans pause. But if there is ONE argument to made for preseason football, it’s that it gives organizations four opportunities to find a fix before the games get very real.
The 38-17 loss showed the flaws the Cincinnati Bengals need to fix before the game against the Washington Redskins Thursday night. Chances are, they won’t look as sloppy as they did in Kansas City. If they do, then fans might want to find that panic button and hope a reset happens sooner rather than later.