It was a game of ups and downs on Sunday night for the Bengals, as they shot out to a 21-3 lead, but saw it evaporate late in the contest. There was also the chronic problem with injuries against the Jaguars, making this one of the more problematic offseasons in recent memory.
Regardless, many of the players expected to make the final 53-man roster stood out--including several starters. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner for this week's Bengals Play of the Game versus the Jaguars!
Vincent Rey's 16-yard fumble recovery and return: After converting a third down, Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles dumped the ball off to T.J. Yeldon. Rey Maualuga swarmed and caused a fumble in Jaguars territory. Rey scooped it up and returned it to the 22-yard line.
Giovani Bernard's 19-yard touchdown reception: The Bengals were on the move in the first quarter, thanks to the above-mentioned fumble recovery. After a three-yard run by Jeremy Hill and an incompletion to C.J. Uzomah, offensive coordinator Ken Zampese dialed up a screen to Bernard. He weaved through blocks and took it to the house for a 7-0 Bengals lead.
Jeremy Hill's 1-yard touchdown run: Usually such short touchdown runs aren't anything to write home about, especially with three other failed attempts prior, but we have to applaud the effort here. After trying to get into the end zone by going up the middle, Hill decided to bounce it outside and go airborne for a 14-0 Bengals lead.
AJ McCarron's 53-yard pass to Cody Core: After the starters took a seat and Andy Dalton had himself another good night, it was time for McCarron to shine once again. On third down, McCarron sailed a beauty down the sideline to Core who broke free from the defender and set the Bengals up for their third offensive touchdown of the night.
Alex Erickson's 21-yard touchdown reception from AJ McCarron: The young kid just keeps making plays. After an outstanding debut and more special teams showcasing in Week 2 of the preseason, Erickson shined in both facets once again on Sunday night. He only logged one reception on the night, but it was a 21-yarder to give the Bengals a 21-3 lead.