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Cincinnati Bengals Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Loss

Cincinnati Bengals Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Loss

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After losing in 25-17 in their Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets, the Cincinnati Bengals learned a few good things about their team. Although the Bengals technically lost this game against the Jets, the team ultimately won in that their starters proved to be much more prepared for the season than those of the Jets. The Bengals took a decisive 14-3 lead in the first quarter, led by Andy Dalton, who posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

5. Matt Scott is Back in Reality

Matt Scott, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
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5. Matt Scott is Back in Reality

Matt Scott, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
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After tearing apart the Chiefs' reserve defense in the Bengals' Week 1 loss, Matt Scott proved to be human against the Jets. Completing only eight of his 22 passes while also throwing an interception, Scott seemed to be running away from the defense all game long. Scott had the most passing attempts of any quarterback in the game, and he completed the same number of passes as Dalton, who had 14 less attempts.

4. Benjarvus Green-Ellis Can Make the 53-man Roster

Benjarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals running back
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4. Benjarvus Green-Ellis Can Make the 53-man Roster

Benjarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals running back
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After the Bengals drafted rookie running back Jeremy Hill in the second round of this year's NFL Draft, Green-Ellis' chances of playing with the Bengals were slim to none. However, when Hill left the game with a shoulder injury, Green-Ellis' spot opened back up. Hill will still make the roster, but now there is an opportunity for Green-Ellis or another running back to step up and prove himself in next week's preseason game against the Cardinals.

3. Mohamed Sanu Shines, Spot Behind Him Still Open

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3. Mohamed Sanu Shines, Spot Behind Him Still Open

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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In last night's game, Sanu burned Jets slot cornerback Kyle Wilson on a 43-yard touchdown catch. Sanu has proven himself worthy of a starting position in the slot or on the outside, depending where the Bengals' coaches want him. The other spot, taken by Marvin Jones, however, is vacant for the season's first few weeks. Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Tate, Ryan Whalen and Cobi Hamilton have all been working for this spot, but no one has stood out yet.

2. Cincinnati Bengals Should Repeat As Top-5 Defense

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2. Cincinnati Bengals Should Repeat As Top-5 Defense

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The Jets could not get anything going on offense against the Bengals' starters, or even the backups for that matter. The Bengals looked strong, forcing Smith to be indecisive, intercepting a pass and limiting the running game. Even in Week 1, the Bengals' defense played well; sure, the Chiefs scored 41, but 21 of those points came from pick-sixes and special teams. This Bengals defense looks ready, and it is primed to have a spectacular year.

1. Andy Dalton Ready For 2014-15 Season

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1. Andy Dalton Ready For 2014-15 Season

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
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Andy Dalton played spectacular football against the Jets, making good looks downfield and completing all eight of his passes, posting a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Most quarterbacks who have posted perfect completion percentages this preseason averaged less than 15 yards per attempt in their respective performances; however, Dalton accomplished this while averaging 18 yards per attempt. He made good looks, and his receivers had his back.

Connor Howe is a Cincinnati Bengals writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @CHoweSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.