The Cincinnati Bengals closed out their preseason with a 27-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, giving them a 3-1 preseason
record as they head into week 1 of the NFL season. As expected the starters for the Bengals played a total of one series. Thursday nights game was more of a final tryout for the guys that are trying to make the 53 man roster.
Quarterback Andy Dalton played one series and made only one pass during his series. An 18 yard pass to Mohamed Sanu was all Dalton would do besides hand the ball off to BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard. The drive would end on a Bernanrd touchdown to give the Bengals an early 7-0 lead.
Backup Josh Johnson came in for the Bengals after Dalton’s series. Johnson would go 7/13 67 yards and 1 touchdown. He has been the favorite to be the back up going into the season. John Skelton had about the same outing as Johnson Thursday night as he went 6/10 for 99 yards. It is really a toss up between the two backups at this time though it appears the job is Johnsons.
Thursday was the last tryout for guys like JK Schaffer and Jayson DiManche. Both linebackers had 4 solo tackles, Schaffer did have one sack. Both of these players are competing for a roster spot. Unfortunately both can’t be on the team, it is one or the other with the other likely going to the practice squad.
Cincinnati capped off the preseason with a 3-1 record while impressing many people in the process. There is a fair amount of pressure on this team this season after back to back playoff appearances. Week 1 the Bengals will be in Chicago to face the Bears.
Look for roster cuts later in the week.