NFL Analysis: Falcons vs Bengals

In an electrifying NFL preseason match-up, the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals settled for a 13-13 tie. The game, which took place on a Friday night, saw the Bengals pull ahead with just 50 seconds left, only for the Falcons to catch up, courtesy of a field goal from Younghoe Koo.

Rookie Sensations Light Up the Field

Cincinnati BengalsBijan Robinson, the rookie running back from Texas, made an indelible mark early on. His NFL debut was nothing short of spectacular, featuring a 12-yard gain with his very first carry, where he evaded two would-be tacklers. Robinson also showcased his versatility with a magnificent one-handed grab in the passing game.

However, it wasn’t just Robinson who dazzled for the Falcons. Desmond Ridder, another shining rookie, orchestrated a remarkable but penalty-laden drive. He involved the last three first-round picks like tight end Kyle Pitts, wide receiver Drake London, and of course, Robinson. Drake secured two passes, clocking up 33 yards. Bijan amassed 20 yards with four carries, further impressing with a 6-yard completion. NFL Lines will take notice of this flashy performance for future games.

Unfortunately, there was a small blot on Ridder’s debut. Despite a stellar performance, completing 7 of 9 passes for 80 yards, he threw an interception. It came off a deflected pass, intended for Scotty Miller but ended up with Joseph Ossai, the Bengals’ defensive end. This incident became contentious as no flag was thrown despite apparent contact by cornerback Mike Hilton on Miller.

The Penalty Plague

While the Falcons showcased promise and agility, penalties marred their performance. On just the opening possession, the Falcons incurred five penalties, two of which were holding calls against guard Chris Lindstrom. At the end of the game, the Falcons had racked up 13 penalties totaling 102 yards. The Bengals, on the other hand, had seven flags for 55 yards.

Despite the penalties, the Falcons started 2023 on a hopeful note. Ridder, having proved himself with a 2-2 record in the last season, carries the hopes of the franchise on his young shoulders.

The climax of the game was a roller-coaster of emotions for fans. Jake Browning of the Bengals engineered an 80-yard drive that had them leading 13-10 with less than a minute on the clock. However, the Falcons’ Logan Woodside had other ideas. Connecting three consecutive passes for 53 yards, Woodside’s endeavors allowed Younghoe Koo to tie the game with a 45-yard field goal.

On the Bengals’ end, Zac Taylor, their coach, expressed satisfaction with the defense, especially when they were up against the Falcon’s starters. The Bengal started Trevor Siemian while Joe Burrow, their elite quarterback, continues to recover from a calf injury. Siemian completed 7 of 14 passes for 62 yards.

Falcons’ Injuries and Standouts

Arizona FalconsIn terms of injuries, Atlanta WR KhaDarel Hodge faced an unfortunate incident with a left ankle injury in the first half, sidelining him for the remainder of the game. Penny Hart, another Falcons receiver, had a concerning moment after a collision with two defenders.

Yet, amidst the setbacks, there were moments of brilliance. Falcons safety DeMarcco Hellams, an Alabama seventh-round pick, notched an interception for the second consecutive week. Monitor his defensive impact as it seems he might have an immediate impact on NFL Odds.


The preseason game was a blend of raw talent, promise, setbacks, and drama, pointing towards an exhilarating 2023 NFL season. Both teams showcased potential, and while there were hiccups, there’s no denying the excitement they bring to the gridiron. As fans eagerly await the regular season, it’s evident that both teams have a reservoir of talent that could make waves in the forthcoming matches.