Every day following a Bengals game Joe Goodberry joins James Rapien in a weekly film review. This week they discuss Cedric Ogbuehi's benching, the playcalling, the struggles at linebacker and more.
Here is a look at the good, the bad and the key plays from the Bengals’ 35-17 loss to the New England Patriots in this week’s Report Card. The Good: The Bengals averaged 4.8 yards on first-down rushes in the first half, putting them in manageable situations that resulted in a productive start that saw the Bengals roll up 193 yards in the first two quarters.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the day after he benched right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi that his 2015 No. 1 pick will be out there again for Sunday’s first snap (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) at Paul Brown Stadium against Cleveland. On the plane ride home from New England, Eric Winston, the man who replaced him in the middle of the third quarter Sunday in New England, sat with Ogbuehi and they went over the film on an iPad.
The offense continues to do everything but score. The defense continues to look terrific one series, perplexed the next. Special teams keeps looking for a big play. But after Sunday’s weird 35-17 loss to the Patriots, the Bengals are hoping they’ve buried the inconsistencies for good. Hue Jackson’s winless Browns are at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday and he’ll have them ready to play a tougher game than you think. But the Bengals are through the grinder now that they’ve been staring at since the schedule came out in April. And it was as tough as they thought.
After viewing yesterday’s game again … we have to create our own breaks by making plays and taking the football away. We’re not creating our own opportunities that way, whether it be defensively or the kicking game. Offensively, for the entire group, it needs to be consistent. Whether with offense, defense, or special teams, it has to be consistent with my assignment throughout.
On the flight from Providence back to CVG airport, 10-year veteran Eric Winston opted to sit down next to right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. The 2015 first-round pick making his sixth career start experienced the feeling so many young offensive linemen do after being pulled in the third quarter of the 35-17 loss to the New England Patriots.
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It was a tale of two halves for the Cincinnati Bengals' defense on Sunday against the Patriots. The Bengals were able to keep steady pressure on quarterback Tom Brady for almost the entire first half of the 35-17 loss. But they weren't able to sustain that pace and Brady made them pay.
AFC North Bytes
The Ravens need more of their playmakers stepping up the way Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stepped up for the Giants on Sunday. Consider that Beckham had 211 yards receiving in the second half Sunday. He scored on a huge 75-yard touchdown play in the third quarter, then took a slant pass over the middle for a 66-yard game-winning touchdown.
Hue Jackson made it clear he'll start Cody Kessler when both Kessler and Josh McCown are healthy. "Obviously, Cody right now is the starter of our football team until I feel otherwise,'' coach Hue Jackson. "We have to make decisions about where they are towards the end of the week. We'll see that as we go."
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for Week 7 versus the New England Patriots. Roethlisberger underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday via a team statement. Tomlin added no timetable has been set for the veteran quarterback's return, but the Steelers are confident the injury is not long-term.
The NFL season is always full of surprises, and the 2016 season has been no different. Who could have guessed that just six weeks into the season we would be talking about the Carolina Panthers turning their attention to the NFL draft? But after another loss dropped Carolina to 1-5, the Panthers are now in position to own the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Geno Smith replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 28-3 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night, but coach Todd Bowles isn't prepared to name a new starter. Speaking to reporters after the game, Bowles said Fitzpatrick will remain the Jets' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Jets (1-5) already felt their season teetering on the brink heading into Monday night's embarrassing, 28-3 loss to the Cardinals (3-3) in the desert. Now, they might be saddled with a legitimate quarterback question as well.
That’s what Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said after his team beat the New York Giants, 23-16, in Week 5. McCarthy has been dealing with these questions for the better part of a year now, quite simply because his passing offense has regressed, and everybody knows it. Never did it regress more than last Sunday, when Green Bay’s formerly viciously efficient passing game looked like something out of the Three Stooges in a 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Packers are in trouble. The Bengals are in trouble. The Panthers are in a whole heap of trouble. But no team is in more trouble than the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger (pictured) tore the meniscus in his left knee Sunday. He's expected to undergo surgery and miss time, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook, among others.
Distractions are only a problem when you are losing. That's what New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning generally reasoned when discussing teammate Odell Beckham Jr. on WFAN 660 on Monday, as Paul Schwartz of the New York Post shared