Man, what a game. Nothing like watching the Bengals winning in prime time!
Wait…. Bengals, winning, prime time, all in the same sentence? That doesn’t seem right…
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 14, 2018
Holy shit, we actually won in prime-time!
It was another roller coaster game for us as fans – and I’ve got a big question… so let’s get to it!
Joe Mixon will miss 2 weeks, requiring arthroscopic surgery
The #Bengals fear RB Joe Mixon will need arthroscopic surgery to clean up the knee he injured in last night’s win over the #Ravens and miss some time, sources tell @MikeGarafolo and me. He’ll get a second opinion first.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 14, 2018
Bengals’ RB Joe Mixon has a small particle in his knee that was dislodged Thursday night and is scheduled to be removed with a procedure Friday, per source. The procedure is expected to sideline Mixon two weeks, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 14, 2018
That sucks. Thank you football gods…. can’t even give us 24 hours to enjoy this win?
This is obviously terrible news – and these next 2 games are going to be difficult. Panthers have great linebackers, so having a solid run game is important for the success of our offense. The Falcons are just a really good team, and are tough to beat at home. Though it only says 2 games, I wouldn’t expect him to be back as a full time starter until about 3-4 games. Marvin Lewis will likely want to ease him in. And honestly – with a knee injury, that’s not a horrible idea.
Now, luckily there are much worse knee injuries out there. An arthroscopic surgery shouldn’t make his production suddenly fall off the charts. No knee injury should be considered “minor,” but to a knee injury standards, this is pretty minor.
The real question: Can Giovani Bernard step up? Love Bernard, but he’s no Mixon. You can tell when Mixon is out there versus anyone else in the backfield. The Panthers have some damn good linebackers, but their secondary is a joke. We don’t need Gio to be a superhero. If we want to beat Carolina or Atlanta, Bernard will have to step up.
Dre Kirkpatrick dropping interceptions
Ok, this negative does also include a positive. Kirkpatrick has been getting a lot of play recently. Abd he’s handled it pretty well so far this year:
Dre Kirkpatrick has now been targeted 19 times through two games. He's allowed 8 completions (42%) for 103 yards, 2 TDs, 4 PBUs and 1 penalty.
— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) September 14, 2018
And that pass interference on John Brown was complete bullshit.
When you get targeted 19 times, you’re gonna give up some catches. But he’s holding his own.
But you know what he’s has been horrible at? Catching interceptions. He’s covering well, getting into good position, but he just can’t hold onto the ball. He has 3 dropped interceptions already this year and he dropped one that literally floated into his arms.
We’ve seen an upgrade from Kirkpatrick play already; he just needs to catch the damn ball.
Where did all the interceptions go? Dre Kirkpatrick helps explain why today’s NFL defensive backs are sniffing the record books. https://t.co/2LBiedBuC8
— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) June 26, 2018
Alex Collins destroying us
Other than a few lucky plays, the Ravens didn’t have a ton of plays that killed us…. Except for this check-down to Alex Collins as he runs through our defense.
Despite it coming in a losing effort, Alex Collins showed his tackle breaking ability last night.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 14, 2018
Seriously, what is that!? The Bengals for whatever reason, cannot seem to tackle the running back in the passing game. That’s something that needs to be addressed before we face off against the Panthers and Christian McCaffery (great receiving back).
We held onto the lead (kinda)
The Bengals had a big lead, and held onto it. That is huge. One of the biggest questions going into this year, was can Marvin hold onto a lead? We struggled with that last year.
and so ends the Marvin Lewis era….in symbolic fashion…blowing 17-0 lead, on MNF, vs Steelers on a night with 13 penalties for franchise record 173 yards.#Bengals
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) December 5, 2017
Hold onto a lead we did. It wasn’t pretty, but he got the job done. It was 21-0, but sadly turned in into 28-23. The Bengals offense went conservative and that let the Ravens slowly come back into the game. With the game close we went more aggressive on the final drive and secured the touchdown to make it a two-score game.
The fact we went limp (conservative) is concerning… but regardless, we held onto a lead and got the win!
After a promising rookie year, Boyd was almost invisible last year. He basically did nothing… until Week 17:
— Brady (@BradyVernon) January 1, 2018
Ahhhhh, good times. That play was a glimpse of what Tyler Boyd can be. Boyd improved a ton throughout camp and he finally had a chance to prove it. 6 catches, 91 yards and a touchdown and was Andy’s check-down guy for the most part. Boyd is a part of what makes this offense so good.
And this isn’t the first time Boyd had 91 yards and a TD against the Ravens…
Tyler Boyd in Baltimore week 17, 2017 — 5 receptions, 91 yards, TD
Tyler Boyd vs Ravens tonight — 6 receptions, 91 yards, TD
— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) September 14, 2018
Damn, our defensive line is good. Both Atkins and Hubbard had 1.5 sacks. While Dunlap didn’t record a sack, he was getting pressure on just about every play. He hit Flacco’s arm, and that resulted in a horrible pass that was intercepted by Shawn Williams:
— NFL (@NFL) September 14, 2018
Shawn Williams also got a strip sack that led to the game-clinching field goal. Williams played great and as a whole this defensive line showed how dominant they will be this year!
How will the Bengals fair with a mobile quarterback? (like Cam Newton)
Bengals are a team that has struggled with mobile quarterbacks in the past. Even though Joe Flacco isn’t very mobile or spry or good or elite, there were times in Thursday’s game where he moved around and we struggled to corral him. Both Atkins and Dunlap missed sacks when Flacco was moving around. Newton’s ability to keep the play alive might kill us… so we gotta step up in that area.
2-0 start looking for 3-0. WHODEY!