Bengals: What we learned in Week 5 overtime loss to Packers

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Defense has fallen off the tracks

One of the highlights of the first three games of the season was the defense and how dominant they had been. They limited an explosive Vikings offense, kept the game close in Chicago, and made Big Ben look atrocious in Week 3.

Last week, however, the defense struggled to contain the Jaguars offense and we all thought maybe not having Jessie Bates out there was to blame. Well, this week Bates was back and the defense still struggled.

Davante Adams finished the game with over 200 yards receiving and it was pretty clear the Bengals had no answers for him. That made it easy for Aaron Rodgers because he knew that whenever he threw the ball Adams’ way, good things were going to happen.

After looking like a top-10 defense in the first three weeks, the Bengals’ defense looks to reverting back to their usual selves in the past two games. Only allowing 25 points to the Packers isn’t terrible but the missed tackles and inability to stop Adams is inexcusable. This group can be much better than this.