The Bengals may have entered week one as heavy underdogs to the Seahawks, but it certainly didn't finish that way. Though they struggled to get the ball moving on the ground, Cincinnati was very impressive in Zac Taylor's first game as a head coach.
Cincinnati gave us hope of an upset. Though they ultimately failed to pull this one out, the Bengals gave us plenty of reasons to believe in them this season. Here are my winners and losers from week one:
What a performance from the former 1st round pick. John Ross has been an injury-prone disappointment until now, but he bounced back in a huge way. In the first game of his third NFL season, Ross exploded for 7 catches, 158 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
Dalton had an excellent performance in his first action of 2019. Despite playing on the road in Seattle, the former Pro Bowl quarterback managed 35 completions, 418 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
Dunlap was one of the stars on defense today against the Seahawks. He was constantly getting pressure on Russell Wilson and made it really hard for Seattle's offense to get the ball rolling. He finished with 7 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 quarterback hits.
Sam Hubbard has been impressive this offseason for the Bengals and carries that on with an excellent performance against the Seahawks. Hubbard set the edge against the run and was repeatedly disruptive - earning 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits.
Surprised to see them here? The Bengals offensive line had to deal with one of the league's best front sevens, yet they did a good job of keeping Dalton clean until late in the game. They struggled this preseason, but hats off to them for their respectable performance on Sunday.
Kirkpatrick didn't have the worst game in the world, but he put an exclamation point on his subpar play with a bone-headed personal foul penalty on 3rd down that kept the ball rolling for the Seahawks.
It was tough sledding today for the Pro Bowl running back. He had a terrible time trying to churn out yardage on the ground. Though the offensive line has to take some of the blame, they had a pretty good game overall. Mixed collected just 10 rushing yards on 6 carries.
The Bengals offense tackle ended up pulling it together, but he struggled early on trying to handle new Seahawks pass rusher, Jadeveon Clowney. He was responsible for giving up a few sacks and a handful of pressures.