CINCINNATI — The Bengals kicked off the preseason on Saturday night in Tampa Bay. They have a 7-6 lead over the Buccaneers.
Here are some halftime observations:
Down Goes the GOAT
The Bengals' first-team defense only played one series and they put their best foot forward.
The secondary held up well against the Buccaneers' wide receivers to force a third-and-long. Joseph Ossai and Trey Hendrickson did the rest by sacking Tom Brady.
Watch the play here.
Star Wide Receivers Make Plays
Ja'Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins each finished with one catch before leaving the game.
Chase caught a screen and ran 16 yards. Boyd had a key catch on third down for 15 yards and Higgins finished with an 11 yard grab.
That is the type of balance the Bengals hoped to have when they took Chase with the fifth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Chris Evans continues to impress. He has 17 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. The rookie running back made a nice cut on 3rd-and-1 to get a first down and extend a drive in the second quarter. It was only a six yard run, but it showed his potential.
Jacques Patrick also had two nice runs for 10 yards. Look for both guys to get more work in the second half.
The rookie lined up at right guard with the second team offense. He was called for a holding penalty early, but did some good things, especially in the running game.
Carman could get plenty of work in the second half too as he continues to develop and adjust to life in the NFL.
The Bengals' offense put together nice drives on their first two possessions, but both ended with lost fumbles.
First, Samaje Perine put the ball on the ground in the first quarter. Then, the Bengals' second drive ended with a Mike Thomas fumble.
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