Bengal’s Starters Win The Battle, But Buffalo Wins The War
Game 4 of the Bengals 5 game preseason had its ups and downs. I’ll break down both the “goods and bads” of tonight’s game.
- The Good
- Carson Palmer and the starters looked very sharp and everyone played a part in the success. Palmer went 9-11 (1 dropped by Benson) and hit Jermaine Gresham and Chad Ochocinco for touchdowns on the Bengals two scoring drives. Palmer showed the zip on his passes that lacked at the end of 09.
- It didn’t hurt that the Bengals O-line finally protected their QB long enough for him to find his offensive weapons.
- The starters where pulled fairly early and took no serious injuries in their dress rehearsal game.
- T.O. and Palmer continue to show an amazing connection as they hooked up on a few nice plays including a nice toe tapping sideline pass and catch.
- The O-line played much better and this should be a good confidence booster going into the final preseason game and into the regular season. The key to this teams success this year lies on the performance of the O-line and tonight they played the part well.
- Adam Jones has proved he can be a major contributor on this team and he has lit a fuse under the Bengals return game. He has been nothing but a model citizen so far in Cincy and Mike Brown is once again looking like a genius with what looked to be a risky pickup.
- The rookies continue to shine.
- The Bengals rolled out the no huddle offense and ran it pretty effectively. Hopefully now with all this offensive talent they have on the roster they can run more no huddle like in 2005.
- Andre Smith continued to get reps with the second team.
- Jermaine Gresham hauled in his first ever pro touchdown.
- The starters won the battle 14-7
- The Bad
- Leon Hall and the secondary as a whole has struggled mightily this preseason and it didn’t get better tonight. Hall was beat on a play and got called for an early pass interference call.
- Way to many penalties.
- The starting defense got beat badly once again and could not muster any pressure on the QB.
- The back up QB’s and WR’s still are not playing well and no one is jumping to grab the open spots on this team.
- Kicker battle still unresolved.
- Injuries to Ghee and Jones have put a damper on the night as both have played well thus far.
- Dunlap and was also nicked up.
- The injury bug is biting and biting hard. The secondary and offensive line seem to be the thinnest positions due to the injuries right now.
- The Bengals lose 35-20 as their backups couldn’t stop the Buffalo reserves.