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The injury bug has infected the Bengals in full force, and they leave Carolina with their first loss of the year and many more bumps and bruises. The Panthers’ duo of quarterback Cam Newton and running back Christian McCaffrey proved to be too much against a depleted Bengals front seven, and the offense turned the ball over far too much. Injuries http://www.cincinnatibengalsteamonline.com/preston-brown-jersey played a part in the defeat, but several players failed to make an impact in a game where the Bengals could’ve completed a 14-point comeback. But there’s still some players worthy of praise in defeat. Here’s our winners and losers from the Bengals 31-21 loss to the Panthers. Winners:Giovani Bernard: Most of us knew that Bernard would be able to handle an increased workload with Joe Mixon, and Bernard proved that today. Even without the best blocking, Bernard ran for 61 yards on 12 carries and the game’s first touchdown. He also caught five passes for 25 yards.The offense was playing from behind for most of the game, so Bernard didn’t get a lot of work on the ground, but he did dominate the usage even with just him and rookie Mark Walton active. Hopefully he gets even more work next week against the Falcons.Tyler Boyd: Our hearts dropped the first time when A.J. Green came out of the game, then our hearts remained in our stomachs the second time when he exited the game for good with a groin injury. The passing game had to turn to the Bengals No. 2 receiver, and he answered the Bell.Boyd finished the game with 132 yards on six catches including the 27-yard touchdown shown above. It’s clear he and Dalton have formed a connection over the offseason, and if Green is out for an extended time, expect the passing gameto go through Boyd.Carlos Dunlap: In the second half, it looked like Dunlap was the only player on the defense that wanted to win. A strip-sack, pass deflection at the line and four solo tackles near the line of scrimmage made up a solid game for the veteran edge rusher. Losers:John Ross: Two of Dalton’s three interceptions were thrown at Ross today, and one of them was a wobbly throw that Ross didn’t even know was thrown. Ross needed to make a statement this week against a volatile Panthers secondary, and he looks like he’s just not ready to contribute in a big way. He finished the game with three receptions and 16 yards on seven targets.It’d be nice if the offense would use him on shallow crossers and just generally scheme him open more, but more bad has come out Dalton throwing Ross’ way than good so far.Cordy Glenn: The Panthers defensive line produced in surges rather than generate pressureall throughout the game, but Glenn had notable issues with speed rushes today and allowed a handful of pressures on Dalton. He even allowed a strip-sack that was overturned. Alex Redmond also had a rough day at right guard, but the expectations for Glenn are much higher http://www.cincinnatibengalsteamonline.com/andrew-billings-jersey , and he didn’t set a great example today.Hardy Nickerson: You could say any of the three starting linebackers for the Bengals should belong here, but Nickerson arguably the worst between him, Nick Vigil and Jordan Evans. The Bengals defense needs Preston Brown back to get Nickerson off of the field.Dre Kirkpatrick: Unless things drastically change, Kirkpatrick may just be a regular name in this category. Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess had a productive outing with 67 yards receiving on four catches and a touchdown, and most of that came against Kirkpatrick. And just like the sun rose in the east this morning, he also dropped an interception. Shocking.William Jackson: A decent second half almost negates the cluelessness Jackson displayed in zone coverage in the first half. In coverage and in run defense, Jackson was lost on multiple occasions and appeared to mix up his assignments.5 Bengals to watch against the Steelers The rivalry between the Bengals and the Steelers has reached a level of notoriety that encapsulates the entire nation when they play. The list of names associated in events that have transpired in recent games seems to increase every time they go up against one another. Vontaze Burfict, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ryan Shazier, Joe Mixon, Vince Williams, Bud Dupree are just a few that make up the list.But looking past those names, this game features plenty of Bengals that simply need to play well regardless of the toxicity in-between plays. Here are the five that we’ll have our eyes on.Mason SchreckTight end Tyler Eifert was placed on injured reserve last week after he broke his ankle in Atlanta in Week 4, and last week’s game against the Dolphins was the beginning of the offense’s time without him. Eifert’s lack of durability was one of the reasons Schreck was kept on the roster, along with the playmaking ability he displayed in the preseason. He was counted on as a run blocker against the Dolphins last week, and his role may be expanded this week against Pittsburgh.Fellow tight end Tyler Kroft was seen in a walking boot earlier this week and has not practiced since injuring his foot against Miami. His absence would boost Schreck to the No. 2 tight end spot behind starter C.J. Uzomah, and he may even see a target or two come his way against the Steelers. His ability as a run blocker will definitely be counted again as the Bengals hope to run through running back Joe Mixon.Cordy GlennSomething that’s not really being talked about since the Bengals 2-0 start is Glenn’s struggles in pass protection. In the last three weeks, the Bengals left tackle has given up an obscene number of pressures against weak-side edge rushers. The common theme in his endeavors has been dealing with speed rushers, and as it just so happens Youth Cordy Glenn Jersey , the Steelers primary pass rusher from the right edge has speed as his main asset.Dupree made the news this week for his comments about his misunderstanding regarding Ryan Shazier’s injury he suffered against the Steelers. On the field this year, he’s been one of the Steelers three-best pass rushers and has three sacks on the year so far. He was kept quiet against Atlanta last week, but if Glenn’s struggles in pass protection persist, he could have a long day dealing with Dupree. Trey HopkinsThe unsung hero in last year’s home game against Pittsburgh was Hopkins and his exceptional day at right guard. He plowed open holes for Mixon and kept the Bengals offense on track to score 17 points in the first half. Obviously that game changed dramatically towards the end, but it was Hopkins’ best game of last year.Now, Hopkins is starting at center for the injured Billy Price, and this could be the last game he ends up starting as Price could return next week against the Chiefs. Just like how Schreck is going to be relied on sealing off the edge for outside runs, Hopkins will have a busy day dealing with the ever-pesky Steelers defensive interior on inside runs. This will be a statement game for the fifth-year player as his starting spot will likely return to the rookie Price soon afterwords.Andrew BillingsDefensive end Michael Johnson has gotten all the publicity for his pick-six against the Dolphins, but Billings was just as important as Johnson was on that fateful play. It was good timing for the third-year nose tackle because up until that point, he’s had a relatively quiet start to the season after a promising preseason.Billings will need tp play his best against the Steelers interior trio of Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro. The three have helped pave the way for running back James Conner to a strong — but inconsistent — start. Billings has to continuing being the plug in the middle of the Bengals front four if they want to avoid getting smacked in the face once more to Pittsburgh’s running game.Dre KirkpatrickAlong with cornerback William Jackson, Kirkpatrick played admirably well against the Dolphins, allowing zero catches on three targets. But Kirkpatrick is usually victimized when the Steelers are on the other side of the ball, thankfully Le’Veon Bell isn’t going to stiff arm him to the ground this time around.The Steelers like to move around their receivers just as much as the Bengals like to, so Kirkpatrick will be well acquainted with Antonio Brown and Smith-Schuster once more. This will also be Kirkpatrick and the Bengals’ first game against wide receiver James Washington, who is basically the Steelers’ version of John Ross in their offense. Pittsburgh’s passing game is still nothing to be reckoned with, even with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger playing at an inconsistent level. Expect Kirkpatrick to be targeted a lot more than he has been over the past couple of weeks.
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