Winners and losers from Bengals loss to 49ers
Many Bengals fans were really looking forward to their week 2 showdown against the San Francisco 49ers - and why not? Though they were coming off a loss in Seattle, Zac Taylor's team was thoroughly impressive in their one-point loss in week 1.
However, things soon took a turn for the worse. In a game where the Bengals were favorites to win on their home turf, they were quickly embarrassed in a 41-17 loss against the 49ers.
There weren't a lot of positives to note from the game. Here are my Bengals winners and losers from week 2 against San Francisco:
The receivers don't seem to be a big part of the problem right now for the Bengals. Boyd caught all 10 balls that were thrown his direction for 122 yards. It was a solid performance on his end.
Boyd's partner in crime, John Ross, had yet another impressive 112-yard performance in week 2 and now has more yards through two games than he did in all of last season. Ross is averaging a ridiculous 24.5 yards per catch - 14.5 more per catch than he did last year.
Most of the defense didn't show up to play on Sunday for the Bengals, but Atkins was one of the lone bright spots. He didn't jump out in the box score, however, as he recorded just 4 tackles and no sacks or quarterback hits.
We knew this would be a difficult test for the Bengals heading into this game, but the offensive line was even worse than what we thought they would be.
Though players like Andre Smith and Bobby Hart showed some promise in week one, it was a poor performance all around as they paved way for just 1.3 yards per carry on the ground and allowed 4 sacks.
Cincinnati's linebacker unit may be in trouble this year. They allowed Matt Brieda and company to rush for 6.2 yards per carry on the ground, and gave up 259 rushing yards. They may need to look for some help here.
Fans were rightfully fired up after Cincinnati's first game of the season, but head coach Zac Taylor seemed to have hit a wall in week 2. The Bengals were shooting themselves in the foot with one poor decision after another, and dumb penalties cost them big. It was a sloppy performance Taylor would like to have back.
Dre Kirkpatrick has his ups and downs, but this week he was constantly picked on by Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin. Kirkpatrick also struggled against the run as he missed tackles on more than one occasion. It wasn't his best showing against the 49ers.