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

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Samaje Perine is able to fill in when called upon

While Joe Mixon got just one less carry than Samaje Perine, it didn’t feel like that’d be the case at first. Mixon wasn’t getting utilized much early on due to an injury but the team definitely gave him more opportunities to make plays as the game continued on.

Perine did well when asked to step in, however, carrying the ball 11 times for 59 yards and also making some noise in the receiving game with four receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown.

We hadn’t seen much from Perine before this game so it was nice to see him get involved. Obviously, we’d rather see Mixon healthy and out there contributing but fans had to feel a little better about this offense’s chances if Perine had to take a majority of the carries moving forward.

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This game might not have ended with a win but the Cincinnati Bengals impressed. They took the Rodgers-led Packers down to the wire and while a victory would have been preferred, the team showed they can battle with the best of them.