4 things we learned from the Bengals’ (mostly) ugly preseason loss to the Cardinals

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Bengals fans got to see many new faces on the field last night. But they probably hope they don’t see too many more of them in the near future.

An offense led by Joe Burrow and featuring Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon and a revamped o-line should look very different from the guys representing the team at the newly christened Paycor Stadium Front the first time. Of course there were also positives.

Here are four things we learned from watching the Bengals lose to the Cardinals, 36-23, in the AFC champions’ debut:

The offense won’t be good if (God forbid) Burrow misses a lot of time

Neither Brandon Allen nor Jake Browning take the Bengals spots. The crowd was especially unimpressed when Browning’s pass attempt to Jack Sorenson on 3rd and fourth with 9:58 to go in the second quarter went dirty:

The offensive line has no great depth

Yes, it was backups to backups or even backups to backups to backups to backups and sometimes even… you get the point. But you would still like to see it some holes open, right? Instead, guys like Hakeem Adeneji and Isaiah Prince (on whom the team relied last year) contributed to a run game with just 62 yards on 28 carries, good for 2.2 yards per carry.

And here’s everything you need to know about pass protection:

We’re tired of exposing Burrow to stuff like that. And so, as Jackson Carman struggles despite inferior competition, fans are calling for reinforcements.

The team may have something in rookie receiver Kendric Pryor

The undrafted Wisconsin free agent had four receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. He actually developed a nice chemistry with fourth-stringer Drew Plitt, who had the best night of any quarterback. Watch Pryor’s toe drag on the first catch in this clip:

…and his astonishing one-handed grip of nearly 180 degrees late in the fourth quarter:

…and the time he beat the defense deep for a touchdown with 1:14 left in the game:

To be fair, Trent Taylor (four receptions on four goals for 74 yards) also had a fun night. The point is that the Bengals should have good depth at the receiver.

Evan McPherson is a rising superstar

No seriously. I can’t imagine a kicker being more popular in a city. Just look at the reaction of the crowd to this 58m field goal in the first quarter:

McPherson would captivate fans again with a 56-yarder in the second quarter.

For an update on Burrow and the story behind Paycor getting the stadium naming rights, check out our recent interview with Bengals Director of Communications Emily Parker:

You can also listen on iTunes or with the player below:


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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