The Bengals’ first preseason game under Zac Taylor certainly had its bright spots, especially on offense.
Despite being without A.J. Green, Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard, Tyler Eifert and John Ross, the first-team offense went right down the field and scored a touchdown on the opening drive.
Andy Dalton completed 7/9 passes to five different receivers, including a beautiful throw to Auden Tate who made a great diving grab to setup 1st and goal. Two plays later, rookie running back Trayveon Williams ran in his first NFL score to put the Bengals up 7-0.
Of course, the game got out of hand from there on out as the defense and special teams crumbled, allowing the Chiefs to run away with a 38-17 win.
After the game, head coach Zac Taylor met with the media to discuss his first game as an NFL head coach. Taylor was impressed with how well the starting offense did, especially in the face of adversity thanks to some miscues that ultimately didn’t prove costly.
“They did a good job overcoming adversity,” Taylor said. “They were behind the sticks a couple of times with penalties and third-and-longs, but they kept charging ahead. Guys stepped up and made plays, and that’s what we really haven’t had since. We need guys to step up and attack.”
Here is a video recap of everything Taylor had to say after the win via Bengals.com:
Zac Taylor Postgame News Conference: Preseason Wk 1 at KC https://t.co/QOEtUdNiLq— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 11, 2019