June 26, 2017

Second Take: 5 Thoughts on Bengals/Bills

Here’s another round of postgame analysis to get you through the work-week and into the next football weekend.

1. Mike Nugent made a clutch kick, which has been a problem spot for previous Bengals kickers. Nugent drilled two straight game winners for the Bengals, the first of which didn’t count because it came after Buffalo’s timeout that attempted to ice him. Nugent, who made some clutch kicks at Ohio State too, wasn’t fazed. I was thankful he was out there as opposed to Shayne Graham or Neil Rackers yesterday.

2. I think one of the unsung heroes of yesterday was the Bengals deep ball. No, they did not not catch all of them, and at least one went into double coverage, but the threat of A.J. Green – or anyone else – going deep softens up the defense for the run game. Hopefully, the Bengals will stick with that moving forward.

3. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Bengals are a bit undisciplined. Andre Smith seems to be good for about one penalty a game, often in terrible situations. Likewise, Green, who reportedly bombed the Wonderlic test before the draft, has been called for a significant number of penalties as well. Cincinnati needs to avoid those flags if they hope to compete later in the season.

4. It was nice to see Bernard Scott get  a few more touches yesterday. His stats weren’t anything spectacular, but his presence gives the Bengals an explosive playmaker and the defense one more thing to worry about. Hopefully, the coaches continue their running back rotation moving forward.

5. It will be interesting to see which team shows up in Jacksonville next Sunday. By all acounts Cincinnati will have another winnable game on the schedule, but can they do it? Their performance Sunday, win or lose, should tell us what kind of season we can expect. I, for one, would like to see the mojo continue.

Who Dey!


  1. I loved Nugent’s decision to kick even if timeout was called. Use it like a free practice kick. I bet we start seeing more kickers do that, which will finally get coaches to quit copy-catting Shanahan for the one time it actually worked.

    More touches for Scott, and more touches for Leonard. Not a ton, but let defenses worry about a three-headed monster in the backfield. Ced won’t like it, but until his yards/carry go up, I’m not worried about that.

    Think about how good this team can be if/when the offense clicks for a full 60 minutes. They haven’t done it yet, and it is hard to say when they will. But when they do, look out. Hopefully it happens against the Steelers!