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Bengals Solid in Victory Over Eagles

The men in stripes built upon their success from Sunday’s win over Denver with an impressive 22-9 dismantling of the reloaded Philadelphia Eagles Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium. 

Both teams played their starters for the entire first half, with Bengal fans getting more snaps from the new offense, and more of a look at the starting defense. 

Here are my “expert” (cough) observations, fresh from the oven, in no particular order: 

  • Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are truly enjoying themselves out there. Their act is sure to annoy Steeler and Raven defenders, but for now its fun to watch.  All the talk so far has been about dueling egos, but they’ve spent the majority of their time gushing over each other. 
  • Carson Palmer’s 43-yard bomb to T.O. was a thing of beauty, and reminded me that Owens still has the speed to separate.  He’s a physical specimen, seemingly taller and more physically imposing than most receivers.  He’s able to box out defensive backs like a good power forward. 
  • Ochocinco took a nasty shot but returned to the game. Admirable maybe, but its preseason.  Maybe you take the rest of the night off the next time that happens in a preseason game. 
  • Fui Vakapuna might as well hope for a practice squad job.  Joe Tronzo isn’t getting off the first team. 
  • Can the roster include four runningbacks?  Benson, Scott, and Leonard are in of course, but do they really want to let go of both James Johnson and Cedric Peerman?  And if they can keep one, which? JJ looks fast out there, but Peerman ran tough and scored twice tonight.
  • Andre Smith was right.  He needs his WD-40. 
  • 10 penalties for 75 yards (not counting the ones the Eagles declined). Ugh. 
  • If he can stay healthy, Jermaine Gresham will be the best tight end the Bengals have had since Rodney Holman. 
  • I had mentioned previously that J.T. O’Sullivan didn’t look confident out there.  Tonight Daryl Johnston and the Goose noticed it too.  He actually had a decent game all-in-all, but I’m still very concerned about his ability to lead an offense. 
  • Four interceptions and 3 sacks for the defense!  Pass rush was harassing Eagle QB’s all night, and the secondary was aggressive. 
  • Geno Atkins is officially my favorite rookie.  Dude got another sack (that’s 3.5 in 3 games folks) plus some nice penetration and some tackles behind the line of scrimmage. 
  • Carolos Dunlap with a sack too! The rookie second rounder got some good playing time with both Antwan Odom and Robert Geathers sitting out. 
  • Morgan Trent may have locked up the fourth CB spot with 3 (yes THREE) picks.  Meanwhile David Jones lets one slip through his fingers.  That may have been his roster spot too. 
  • For all the fawning they (Hobson, Reedy, and the talking heads) do over Leon Hall, he seems to be picked on a lot by opposing quarterbacks so far this preseason. With success. 
  • The kick & punt return game seems to be in very good hands.  Adam Jones, Quan Cosby, Jordan Shipley and Bernard Scott can all do the job at this level. 
  • Speaking of Quan, how can this team not keep him on the final roster?   
  • The wide receiver derby is just as muddled now as it was this morning. Perhaps more so.  

We’ll post more reactions from the players, Coach Lewis, and NFL observers later.  In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on the game in the comments section!

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  1. IhateLEONhall

    August 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Leon Hall is AWFUL. He always gets burned, he’s way too susceptible to the double move, he’s just not a very good cover corner. He gets a lot of tackles, but that’s what you get when you let the guy catch the ball in front of you. The San Diego game was the worst…he single handedly lost that game for us.

    Why “they” adore him, I have no clue. He’s definitely the most overrated CB in the league.

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