The Beyond The Stripes team breaks down the Bengals’ first-week loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The biggest Bengals question entering this season began and ended with the restructured offensive line. This was not a secret. Uncertainty up front was apparent as the shadows once cast by Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler.
New tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher owned the challenge, openly admitting the success of this season in many ways falls on the offensive line’s shoulders.
Through one week, it appears it could crumble there.
Ogbuehi allowed two sacks, including a sack/fumble/turnover by Terrell Suggs. Ogbuehi and Fisher were both flagged for holding penalties. Guard Trey Hopkins went down with a knee injury. Brandon Williams backed Russell Bodine into Andy Dalton’s chest on a day of regular disruption.
Overall, the Bengals allowed five sacks, Dalton played poorly and the offense scuffled to its first home shutout of the Marvin Lewis Era.
The group must find themselves and do so in a hurry. Who do they have to recover against on a short week? That would just be J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus. One of the most frightening pass-rush trios in the NFL. Enjoy.
“I kind of made the joke earlier, it gets easier from here,” Clint Boling said. The new line without Whitworth and Zeitler went into the fire together for the first time and must recalibrate in a hurry.
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