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5 Takeaways From Cincinnati Bengals’ Week 3 Preseason Win

Cincinnati Bengals 2014 Preseason: 5 Takeaways From Week 3 Win

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The Bengals finally won their first preseason game last night against the Arizona Cardinals. Bengals coaches and fans learned five things about their team last night, and these takeaways give fans a lot to look forward to in 2014.

5. Team Still Lacks Consistency at Certain Positions

Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
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5. Team Still Lacks Consistency at Certain Positions

Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
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Most people probably think about inconsistencies at quarterback when the subject is brought up in regards to the Bengals; however, the Bengals have bigger concerns at different positions. Although Terence Newman recorded his second interception of the preseason last night, he got burned twice but was saved by two Carson Palmer overthrows. There are also inconsistencies at RE, as well as a lack of depth at defensive tackle and wide receiver.

4. Russell Bodine Getting Comfortable at Center

Russell Bodine, Cincinnati Bengals center
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4. Russell Bodine Getting Comfortable at Center

Russell Bodine, Cincinnati Bengals center
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Fortunately for the Bengals, Russell Bodine already looks like a solid starting center. He has recognized blitzes, adjusted to coverages and made good line audibles. Keep in mind, the Bengals have not even been using their entire playbook; Bodine could step up and have a big season as a rookie this year, leading an above average offensive line. During free agency, the interior of the Bengals' line was unsettled, but it looks strong now.

3. Geno Atkins, Leon Hall on the Road to Rehabilitation

Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle and Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end
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3. Geno Atkins, Leon Hall on the Road to Rehabilitation

Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle and Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end
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Bengals fans have to be excited about the return of veteran cornerback Leon Hall and former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Hall has been a leader on the team for years, while Atkins is arguably the best defensive tackle in the league when healthy. Although Atkins still doesn't look comfortable and Hall gave up a few catches to Larry Fitzgerald, the fact that these two took the field last night is a good sign.

2. A.J. Green, Andy Dalton Already in Midseason Form

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
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2. A.J. Green, Andy Dalton Already in Midseason Form

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
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Throughout the preseason, Dalton and Green have shown chemistry and connected on multiple passes every game. Green has caught a 20-plus yard pass in all three preseason games, and he has also gained over 50 yards every game, despite the fact that he plays half of the game or less during the preseason. With Mohamed Sanu's emergence and the return of Marvin Jones in Week 5, the Bengals have a lot to look forward to at receiver after their bye week.

1. Defense Primed For Another Dominant Season

Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker
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1. Defense Primed For Another Dominant Season

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Led by league-leading tackler Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals had the third best defense in the NFL last year despite losing their best defensive lineman and best cornerback halfway through the season. Although Cincinnati lost RE Michael Johnson in free agency, the Bengals still look the part to be a top-5 defense this season. The Bengals have depth at every defensive position other than defensive tackle, and they look primed to dominate once again.

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.

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