Mixed bag for Bengals in two-game week

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Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton (WTVQ/Steve France)

CINCINNATI, Oh. (WTVQ – Dr. Ryan Stanton) – It has been a busy week for the Cincinnati Bengals with two games in a 5 day stretch. It started with a Sunday game versus the defending NFL Champion, Denver Broncos, and followed by prime time Thursday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins. The results were as different as the temperature, a mixed bag with one defeat, one victory, and a few of themes.

  1. Mental Errors. This was a huge issue against the Broncos. Get them against the ropes and then gift them with key penalties. This also presented itself in the TNF game when the defense left Kenny Stills all alone for miles, resulting in a 74 yard touchdown on Miami’s 2nd offensive play in the game.
  2. AJ Green is good…real good. This may be clear, but Andy Dalton and AJ Green really connected Thursday night for multiple big plays. Not only did they take advantage of open shots, but Green also made some great grabs that have been the hallmark of his career with the Bengals.
  3. Many opportunities…little time in the end zone. In both games, but especially against Miami, the offense was able to move the ball, but often faltered in or around the red zone. Several long drives did not make it into the end zone, but that was ok, because…
  4. Nugent came to play. Bengals kicker, Mike Nugent kept the goal post camera busy, launching successful field goals from all over the field. He is a fantasy league special teams stud for week 4.
  5. The best fence is a good defense…and the Bengals built theirs. The Bengals should have one of the strongest defenses in the league, but they got picked apart Sunday. Thursday was a different story. Other than a couple of big pass plays and a couple of drives, the Bengals defense got better with time and kept the Dolphins on their heels.

So, one week and two completely different outcomes, but the Bengals are still in the mix. They need to tighten up the defensive discipline and the offense needs to spend more time in the end zone than stalling in the red zone. The Bengals now hit the road for games in Dallas and New England, with only one more home game at Paul Brown until mid-November.