When the NFL calendar was first released, Cincinnati Bengals had to travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for their third preseason game. Instead, due to the cancellation of the pre-season games due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bengalis went out on the field at Paul Brown Stadium to get their most important domestic team.
The Bengals tried to simulate the pre-season game № 3 on Sunday night in something like a regular dress rehearsal of the season. Bengals assistant head coach and special team coordinator Darin Simmons imitated a referee, had a chain band and coaches wore headphones.
When the fight was over, Bengals’ defense was on the right of the scoreboard, 22-13.
Here’s what we learned during the fight with the second team of Bengals:
Joe Burrow and the insult are still working through some refractions
Joe Burrow was 6-of-9, moving into the initial offensive drive. He led to the violation of the first team to the red zone, but the red zone of Cincinnati from the season before flared up again. Bengals defense Sam Hubbard received a loan for dismissal at first and driving stopped.
The starting quarterback finished passing 19 of 34 with one touch and one interception. The interception was controversial. It could have been an interference in the defense, but the ball fell into the hands of Jesse Bates.
Brow spreads the ball around during the fight. Tyler Boyd, Mike Thomas, Tee Higgins, CJ Uzoma, Drew Sample, Stanley Morgan, DaMarcus Lodge and Traven Williams – all caught passes. However, there were a few bad balls that Burrow said he would like to get back.
“I mean, it’s not the best of me. “Obviously I’m always striving for perfection,” Burrow said. “(Sunday) was not perfect, but we are still working with some refractions and some logistical things, so I am still confident that we will be ready for the first game. But it’s not what you want to see. “
Burrow’s solitary touchdown went to Boyd.
Bengals CB Tony Brown made an impressive ball game
Cornerback Tony Brown wins some playing time. Brown showed good coverage skills in the team’s second bout. There were almost two interceptions in three plays, but he missed both passes he might have intercepted by Ryan Finley.
The 6-foot corner saw time covered by Tee Higgins, Mike Thomas and Tyler Boyd.
“I am just happy with Tony. You know, it did a good job with the game technique again, playing it the way it should be played, and when you do, you give yourself a chance, you know, and now he just has to finish them, like I told him. in the locker room, ”said Bengals Defense Coordinator Lou Anarumo. “I said, ‘These are good plays that you’ve done, now turn them into INT, because again, they’re game-changing when you do these plays from the outside.’ “
Jesse Bates jumps to safety
Jesse Bates stood out in the background. Bengals’ free safety intercepted Joe Barrow in the end zone and he received a breakthrough in the subsequent possession. He and Von Bell became a pleasant combination of safety.
“He approaches the game the way he should and these things are shown, you know, in terms of being a better player outdoors and in a position to play, not to guess and cope. “Good,” Anarumo said. “He did all these things much, much better.”
Cincinnati’s foul was overshadowed by missed passes. The dropped balls were the main reason why the offense was lost on Sunday night. Bengals coach Zack Taylor expressed disappointment with the offense with oily fingers. Thick edges CJ Uzomah and Drew Sample had a few drops between them.
“There were certainly some cases where there was increased coverage and the defenders played a lot of those 50-50 passes,” Taylor said. “And a few of them were just drops. So we’ll get a better picture of that again when we see it on tape, but that part was a little disappointing. “
Missing in action in the last fight of the team
AJ Green (hamstring), Joe Mixon (migraine), John Ross (arm), Carlos Dunlap (lower body), Shawn Williams (calf) and Darius Phillips (lower body) were some of the notable players who did not participated in Sunday’s brawl.
The Bengals will not fight again before the regular season, as Taylor said the fight № 2 is the last.