Bengals manhandle Panthers starting defense

AP

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.

34 responses to “Bengals manhandle Panthers starting defense

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.”

  15. 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.

  16. 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.”

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    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 …

  17. 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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