30. Cincinnati Bengals
In what ended up being one of the more dramatic wins in Week 1, the Cincinnati Bengals watched Clayton Fejedelem returned a fumble by Jack Doyle 83 yards for what ended up being the game-sealing touchdown for Marvin Lewis and company. The Bengals seemed to be in trouble when seeing how Andrew Luck was driving the Indianapolis Colts down the football field in the final minutes, but give the Bengals’ defense for stepping up in a big way.
As for the offense, Andy Dalton deserves credit for turning things around in a positive way by finishing the contest by completing 21 of 28 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns, which isn’t bad considering his first pass attempt ended up being an interception. But when it comes to an individual that is already showing signs of being a true difference maker for Cincinnati on offense, Joe Mixon is showing early signs of taking on that role.
The Bengals knew Mixon was capable of taking on a larger role with Jeremy Hill no longer part of the picture, and seeing him 149 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with a score shows he’s embracing the new gig so far. With Mixon and A.J. Green, Dalton’s job will be a lot easier to handle.