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Bengals manhandle Panthers starting defense

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Cam Newton has a long way to go as a quarterback, but Carolina’s defense has stood out as a bigger problem this preseason.

For the second straight week, a questionable offense has run right through Ron Rivera’s revamped group. Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott helped the Bengals run for 139 yards in the first half alone on the way to building a 24-7 lead.  (Last week, Miami dominated Carolina’s defense.)

A strong running game proved to be the ultimate elixir for Andy Dalton: He threw for 130 yards despite misfiring on a few bombs. Carolina’s defense also struggled to mark Bengals rookie A.J. Green, who continually abused veteran Chris Gamble.

Carolina’s defensive tackle group is very weak and the entire team seems to be struggling to pick up Rivera’s scheme.

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34 Responses to “Bengals manhandle Panthers starting defense”
  1. andyreidisfat says: Aug 25, 2011 9:16 PM

    And in other “news” grass is green, the sky is blue, and fire is hot.

  2. kingmj4891 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:20 PM

    Should have taken a DT instead of Newton.

  3. panther17 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:20 PM

    It has been bad and ugly to watch. Ugly.

    At least the D has the chance to get a little better when some starters get healthy.

    But it’s been ugly.

  4. unbiased8383 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:21 PM

    If they end up being worst in the league this year(very strong possibility)What do you do when Luck is the obvious first pick?

  5. whodeyn832 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:23 PM

    Andrew Luck might have to stay in college another year if he still doesn’t want to go to Carolina.

  6. axltcu says: Aug 25, 2011 9:24 PM

    You’re never gonna get fantastic stats out of Dalton. He is a game manager. He works best with a strong running game first and passing attack second.

  7. Awol.West says: Aug 25, 2011 9:25 PM

    Carolina is rebuilding just like Cincinnati is.
    Why is any of this a surprise?

  8. dldove77 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:25 PM

    fireronrivera.com? Too soon. Maybe next week.

  9. mimitaroo says: Aug 25, 2011 9:28 PM

    Hows Dareus and Miller looking now?

  10. panther17 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:28 PM

    unbiased8383,

    Trade trade trade. Ricky Williams type draft day trade.

  11. ks718 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:29 PM

    You forgot to mention the horrible play of the highest paid center, the pro-bowler left tackle…just the entire offensive line, period. I would say they are very offensive but that’s too easy.

  12. henrykissingerisgod says: Aug 25, 2011 9:29 PM

    With this performance ill up my bungles prediction from 3-13 to 4-12

  13. bengalguy says: Aug 25, 2011 9:29 PM

    WHO DEY!!! Finally, a sign of life from the offense….I don’t care if it was Carolina…Its gonna be a long year, I know….I’ll take my moments when they come this year!!!

  14. panther21384 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:36 PM

    This is an outrage. Im so dissapointed in my team.

  15. peester15 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:40 PM

    G.M. Marty Hurney “buys the groceries”… you cant make a good dinner with turds.

  16. quizguy66 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:56 PM

    WER’E NUMBER (3)1 !

    -QG

  17. pilot2011 says: Aug 25, 2011 10:03 PM

    man this is tough to watch… if it wasn’t for the DT and CB position, the Panthers might actually be a professional football team. Not quite there yet.

    Definitely have some talent in the runningbacks and linebackers tho.

  18. doe22us says: Aug 25, 2011 10:10 PM

    What surprises me is the fact that they maintained and gave huge extensions to mediocrity smdh

  19. contraryguy says: Aug 25, 2011 10:12 PM

    On the Bengals first scoring drive, they ran Benson on 7 straight plays, finishing with the TD. A couple were for no gain, but Marvin and Co must’ve known the Panthers had no run D. 7 straight runs… that’s cold.

    Better yet: Dalton lost a fumble, but didn’t throw a pick, which was his downfall the first two games.

    24-13 final. Let’s see which team shows up when they play the Peyton-free Colts next week.

  20. polegojim says: Aug 25, 2011 10:15 PM

    With as bad as the Bengals looked the last two weeks…Carolina must be PAINFULLY HORRID.

  21. bullethead527 says: Aug 25, 2011 10:17 PM

    It is hard to watch, but hell, it’s only preseason, he is a rookie with no real off season, but from what i seen last few weeks, we are going to look as bad as last year!!!! We need corners and D Line, we need help on offense at every position, damn its going to be hard to watch 2011, but i still will…… Go panthers Go Cam!!!!

  22. bigdaddybullwhip says: Aug 25, 2011 10:31 PM

    Carson who?

  23. realitypolice says: Aug 25, 2011 11:26 PM

    I think the “ex-sportwriter as GM” experiment has about run it’s course.

    Stop worrying about tats and piercings, JR, and rebuild your front office.

  24. southcakpanther says: Aug 25, 2011 11:40 PM

    Our o-line is a HUGE concern as is our D line and CB play.

    Gonna be a painful season.

  25. oruacat2 says: Aug 26, 2011 12:00 AM

    2nd-year TE Jermaine Gresham had a big game, too. Obviously I’m biased, but I think Dalton with some confidence might be dangerous to underestimate.

  26. itsmebobd says: Aug 26, 2011 12:26 AM

    I love how the bengals D is playing back up to potential. The bengals looked to have drafted the better QB, 35 picks after cam was drafted. Also, Jay Gruden has gotten more out of this offense in the first half of this game than bratkowski got out of it all last year with a former pro bowl MVP in palmer.
    Palmer, i’m glad you quit on us, we’d have never drafted dalton and AJ green, and who knows how bad we would have been with you and your lack of leadership here.

  27. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 26, 2011 1:08 AM

    At least the panthers can put more fans in the stands than the soon to be Los Angeles, or Oklahoma City Jaguars.

  28. rjkilla says: Aug 26, 2011 1:52 AM

    bout time to get those brown paper bags out fellow panther fans

  29. pdxpanther says: Aug 26, 2011 2:26 AM

    It was so frustrating predraft to hear all the analysts report that Cam was the pick because they essentially “had to.” That’s a load of crock, if he isn’t your guy, then don’t take him, it doesn’t state anywhere that if you are the first team to pick you have to take the biggest named player. Ugh!

  30. CKL says: Aug 26, 2011 3:27 AM

    How many people said WTF??? when Gamble got all that dough? He’s probably ok as a #2 Cb to a strong #1 but he’s never been elite.

  31. dougyc123 says: Aug 26, 2011 3:28 AM

    Well considering the Panthers off season strategy was to resign their “Core guys” to huge contracts it doesn’t surprise me. “Well we won a couple of games last year, so I think if we add a Qb with no tattoos and throw crazy money at all the players that helped us be mediocre last year…I think we can really turn things around.”

  32. einstein30184 says: Aug 26, 2011 6:57 AM

    I’ll buy somebody a cup o’ joe if Andrew Luck is picked #1 next year. New coach? Put off entering the draft even though he would likely have been top 3 or 5? He has all the makings of someone sitting in the green room after selection 20 has been made, and having a look on his face as though he farted in a crowded elevator, and hopes to god no one finds out it’s him.
    Jake Locker, A.J Green, and Matt Leinert have all had this “clear cut #1 tag” velcro’d on them a year in advance. Well…..Matt Stafford went #1, but that was an isolated event.

  33. mac3333 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:45 AM

    Einstein30184: “I’ll buy somebody a cup o’ joe if Andrew Luck is picked #1 next year. New coach? Put off entering the draft even though he would likely have been top 3 or 5? He has all the makings of someone sitting in the green room after selection 20 has been made, and having a look on his face as though he farted in a crowded elevator, and hopes to god no one finds out it’s him.”

    ___________________________________

    Worst PFT Comment Ever. And you sir are no “Einstein” as your moniker suggests.

    Only a torn rotator cuff on his throwing arm keeps Luck from the #1 pick. He’s a once in a generation talent. (See Manning, Peyton – University of Tennessee)

    He could tear his ACL in the bowl game and still probably be the #1 overall pick. Yeah, he’s that good …

  34. macjacmccoy says: Aug 26, 2011 10:11 AM

    Remember how tough it was for the Rams defense their first year with Steve Spagnoulo. You guys were talking about how he could already be on the hot seat. But look how hes turned that team around. They team is 10 times better then it was when he first got their.

    Well Rivera like Spags is a member of the Andy Reid coaching tree who was brought up on defense under Jim Johnson. JJ’s scheme is complex and it takes sometimes to get use to. I helped the Eagles dominate the NFC for 2000-2005 and it also gave the Vikings a top defense in the NFC 4 out of the last 5 years under Leslie Frazier and Brad Childress 2 more Andy Reid and Jim Johnson disciples. And it gave the Giants a Super Bowl Winning defense in 2008 under Steve Spagnoulo. And it gave the Chargers a top rated defense the last few years under Ron Rivera.

    So dont jump to any conclusions after a few pre season games. Jim Johnson’s scheme is a proven system that has worked all over the league. It might take sometime, maybe even a season, but in the end it will be successful.

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