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

4 things we learned from the Bengals' (mostly) ugly preseason loss to the Cardinals - Cincy Jungle

Bengals fans saw a lot of new faces on the field last night. But they’re probably hoping they won’t have to see too many more of them in the near future.

An offense that should be led by Joe Burrow and feature Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, and a revamped o-line should look a lot different from the guys who represented the team at newly christened Paycor Stadium. for the first time Of course, there were also some positives.

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

The offense won’t be good if (God forbid) Burrow misses significant time

Neither Brandon Allen nor Jake Browning take the Bengals spots. The crowd was particularly unimpressed when Browning’s pass attempt to Jack Sorenson on 3rd and four with 9:58 left in the second quarter hit dirt:

The offensive line does not have great depth

Yes, it was backups against backups or even the backups of backups against backups of backups and sometimes even… you get the idea. But you would still like to see some holes open right? Instead, guys like Hakeem Adeneji and Isaiah Prince (who the team relied on last year) contributed to a running game that had 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 a little sick of exposing Burrow to things like this. And so, with Jackson Carman struggling despite inferior competition, fans are calling for reinforcements.

The team may have something in rookie receiver Kendric Pryor

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

… and his amazing near-180-degree, one-handed catch 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 targets for 74 yards) had a nice night as well. Point is, the Bengals should have good depth at 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 crowd’s reaction to this 58-yard field goal in the first quarter:

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

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

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