The Cincinnati Bengals have now completed one preseason game and the 2021 season has started. Here’s what we learned from the clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It is easy to overreact to preseason games in the NFL, and most people tend to do whatever helps their team the most. The team does poorly, well the backups were in and the team was just running a vanilla offense. The team does well, we looked great and should be in the playoffs easily this year! We will try to not make sweeping statements, but analyze the plays and players in their appropriate context.
For a recap of the game, the Bengals ended up getting the preseason win over the Tamp Bay Buccaneers in a turnover-happy environment. With seven turnovers between the two teams, there was plenty for the defenses to be excited about. Using the first preseason game of the year as more of a warmup, neither team played their projected starters extensively in this one.
Even though some key starters did not see the field, we did learn a lot about what Cincinnati could be like this year. Obviously, for any team, there will be some positive and some negative so we will take a look at both the good and the bad.