Bengals: Observations from a 23-12 win over Tampa Bay
I saw a number of young guys make plays....
The first-team D got moved around.
No major injuries, it would seem
Hey, the OL wasn't bad....at all. Starters: Cedric Ogbuehi at LT, Clint Boling at LG, Russell Bodine at C, Trey Hopkins at RG and Jake Fisher at RT. Andre Smith did not play. Ogbuehi did have a big whiiiiiiiiif and Bodine was beaten once. No sacks of Dalton or McCarron. Hopkins was pretty good.
Run game was smooth....140 yards total. Joe Mixon: 6 for 31, Jeremy Hill: 7 for 26. Liked seeing Mixon go in motion out of backfield. He's got a glide and a burst. He had a sweet catch, run, make 'em miss for 11 yards. Tra Carson flashed, 8-32, including a long of 16.
Andy Dalton INT at goal line in only series. A.J. McCarron finished 5 of 8 for 49 yards.
Jeff Driskell: 8 of 9 for 97 yards and a TD pass to Josh Malone. He started 7 for 7. He led two scoring drives: 75 and 84 yards. He rushed 18 yards for a TD and a total of 36 yards. He rifled a pass to Alex Erikson.
Pressure: Rookie DE Jordan Willis 2 QB hits, including a one-hand sack. DE Chris Smith was all over the place.....2 QB hits + TFL. I thought he was going to add a safety.
Andrew Billings was part of a 3rd and 1 stop.
Pick and play: Undrafted rookie safety Demetrious Cox intercepted Fitzy in the red zone.
Corners: Darqueze Dennard started in place of Adam Jones. William Jackson III started in place of Dre Kirkpatrick.
Randy Bullock: 54, 49
Jake Elliott: 45
Keivarae Russell made a nice special teams tackle to save a KR TD.
Next: Aug. 19 at PBS against the Kansas City.
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Jordan Willis is scary, especially when he can time the snap pic.twitter.com/N3uN6ConYu— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) August 12, 2017