3 big surprises from Cincinnati Bengals overtime victory over Vikings

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The offense looked good for most of the game, which should only get better as the unit shakes off its rust and continues to gel.

During the preseason, the first-team offense was only able to get one series together, and that was not very indicative of what an actual game would be like since it was very conservative to just give Burrow a chance to throw the ball. With this being the first time they would get to play together, there were a lot of nerves.

For the most part, though, the offense did well. Sure, there were still too many sacks given up and the offensive line is going to have to improve, but there were even some promising parts to the line. The tackles seemed to hold up better and Burrow had clean pockets more than he did last year.

Joe Mixon was able to put the team on his back and have a great day rushing the ball to help settle the team down. Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins stepped up as a really good duo that will be able to open up the field with the deep threat. C.J. Uzomah obviously had a huge catch to set up the game-winning field goal. And Joe Burrow looked good. He was able to get hit and keep on throwing, without getting gunning shy or nervous when he threw the ball.

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This unit will continue to improve, but for Week 1 this was everything you wanted to see out of this team.