Bengals: 5 things we learned from Week 1 overtime win vs. Vikings

Ja'Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Ja'Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
1 of 3
Cincinnati Bengals
Germaine Pratt #57 and D.J. Reader #98 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals are 1-0 after knocking off the Minnesota Vikings in their home opener. It was quite the game and literally came down to the wire, as the Bengals couldn’t hold the lead and went into overtime, barely winning it.

With the game in the books, let’s take a look at what we learned about our beloved Bengals.

Defensive Line Improved

This offseason was spent shoring up the Bengals’ defensive line and it showed in this one. We all knew it was going to be difficult to slow down Dalvin Cook but the Bengals D-line did just that, limiting the explosive runner to just 61 yards off of 20 carries.

Larry Ogunjobi was particularly impressive and looks worth the money the Bengals shelled out to him this offseason. Trey Hendrickson might not have had a sack but he made a difference and the team spent a lot of money on the former Saint. D.J. Reader also made his presence known.

It was a solid effort from everyone on the newly-formed defensive line and this is hopefully only the beginning. This unit needs to continue playing well if the Bengals want any shot of making the playoffs.