Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Things Learned From Week 4 Win over Atlanta
The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 37-36. The Bengals are now 3-1 on the year. Cincinnati came from behind to win a wild one. Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green for the go-ahead TD with 22 seconds left.
Dalton finished 29/41 for 337 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Tyler Boyd was tremendous again this week. Boyd caught 11 passes for 100 yards.
For Atlanta, the Falcons came out with a loss despite a 419-yard effort by QB Matt Ryan. Mohamed Sanu caught six balls for 111 yards in his first game against his former squad.
The Bengals host the 3-1 Miami Dolphins next week.
THREE THINGS LEARNED FROM WEEK FOUR WIN
Last week it was the run defense. This week, the Cincinnati Bengals pass defense played optionally. Every single member of the secondary played the entire game on their heels.
Not only did Sanu dice them up, but Julio Jones (9-173) and rookie Calvin Ridley (4-54-2 TD) also had their way with the defense as well.
Third down defense has been an issue all season. Third downs are a problem Teryl Austin has to get straightened out quickly.
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Giovani Bernard has made sure the Cincinnati Bengals offense hasn’t missed a beat. I thought the offense might struggle without Joe Mixon. However, Bernard has made sure that is not the case. Giovani Bernard had 96 yards of offense and two scores against the Falcons today.
Bill Lazor needs to remember to utilize Bernard’s skillset even when Mixon returns next week.
Poor Tyler Eifert. Just when you thought he was returning to form, Eifert again fell victim to a freak injury. This time, a Falcons defender landed on his ankle, causing it to bend in ways that physics does not allow.
Eifert caught his first touchdown of the year in the first half. He finished with four catches for 38 yards and the TD.
Bobby Hart is still useless. It has been this way all season. It is not going to change. The Cincinnati Bengals front office and coaching staff are doing the other 52 players a disservice by not trying to get a serviceable player at right tackle.
Unfortunately, the ineptness of Hart spread to Cordy Glenn for a time. Vic Beasley beat Glenn on two straight plays on the Bengals final drive. Fortunately, the Bengals were able to overcome.
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