NFL Preseason Week 1 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 36, Cincinnati Bengals 19

2RGHEP1 Cincinnati Bengals safety Dax Hill, right, breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers tight end Luke Musgrave, left, during a joint practice at the NFL football team's training facility in Cincinnati, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

After a week where the two sides scrimmaged against each other in practice, the Green Bay Packers were able to get the better of the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 of the preseason by a score of 36-19.


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Offensive spotlight: Jordan Love had looked cautious during joint practice with the Bengals during the week, but he wasted no time in taking a deep shot in this preseason game, coming very close to hitting Christian Watson down the left sideline. It was one of just three incompletions for Love, who completed seven of 10 attempts for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Love’s arm strength was clear to see, and the majority of his passes leaned heavily on that zip, but the touchdown to Romeo Doubs showed some nice touch, as well.

Defensive spotlight: One of the biggest questions for a well-settled roster this season is how second-year defensive back Dax Hill will perform stepping in for Jessie Bates III and Vonn Bell, each of whom departed in the offseason.

Hill made one of the plays of the game, breaking up the deep shot from Jordan Love to save a touchdown as he came over from the middle of the field. Hill showed outstanding range and was able to get in front of Christian Watson, who had gotten behind rookie DJ Turner and was open for a big play. Hill looked good outside of that flash play and will help the Bengals feel good about their succession plan in the secondary.

Rookie spotlight: There were plenty of rookies getting game time in this matchup, but perhaps the most notable was Bengals fifth-round receiver Andrei Iosivas, who was being fed the football for much of the game. Iosivas ended the game with 10 targets, catching only four of them but coming half a foot away from a spectacular touchdown in the end zone. He was able to high-point the football on that play but couldn’t quite get his second foot down on his way to the ground.

Iosivas also impressed with his run blocking. Overall, he had 50 receiving yards and showed out in his debut performance.

Offensive line spotlight: A second-round pick in 2021, Jackson Carman has bounced around the offensive line, seeing time at both guard spots as well as left tackle. This offseason, he is part of the competition to man the right tackle spot. He was given extensive time in this game to state his case, playing deep into the fourth quarter before finally taking a seat on the bench.

Carman certainly didn’t dominate in the game, and it wasn’t the kind of performance that would suggest Jonah Williams is under immediate pressure for the starting job, but it’s notable that the Bengals gave him as many snaps as they did.


Box Score

Passing
Green Bay Packers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Sean Clifford 13.02 20 / 26 208 8 1 2
Jordan Love 5.84 7 / 10 46 4.6 1 0
Cincinnati Bengals
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Trevor Siemian 3.84 15 / 28 121 4.3 0 1
Jake Browning 3.3 10 / 17 95 5.6 0 1
Rushing
Green Bay Packers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Emanuel Wilson 26.1 6 111 18.5 2 80
Sean Clifford 13.02 2 27 13.5 0 14
Tyler Goodson 8.1 3 2 0.7 1 4
Patrick Taylor 7.7 6 19 3.2 0 13
AJ Dillon 1.4 2 14 7 0 11
Nate McCrary 1.3 4 13 3.2 0 5
Alex McGough -1.3 3 -3 -1 0 -1
Cincinnati Bengals
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Chase Brown 7.5 8 12 1.5 0 6
Chris Evans 4.9 7 49 7 0 33
Jake Browning 3.3 2 5 2.5 0 6
Receiving
Green Bay Packers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Romeo Doubs 10.1 2 2 21 10.5 1
Dontayvion Wicks 9.8 4 3 68 17 0
Tyler Davis 8.9 2 2 9 4.5 1
Samori Toure 8.6 4 3 56 14 0
Tyler Goodson 8.1 1 1 9 9 0
Patrick Taylor 7.7 5 5 8 1.6 0
Malik Heath 6.6 4 3 36 9 0
Jayden Reed 4 2 2 20 10 0
Christian Watson 2.6 3 2 6 2 0
Luke Musgrave 1.8 3 1 8 2.7 0
Aaron Jones 1.6 1 1 6 6 0
Tucker Kraft 1.4 3 1 4 1.3 0
Bo Melton 1.3 1 1 3 3 0
Austin Allen 0 1 0 0 0 0
Cincinnati Bengals
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Kwamie Lassiter II 9.3 7 6 33 4.7 0
Andrei Iosivas 9 10 4 50 5 0
Chase Brown 7.5 3 3 33 11 0
Tanner Hudson 6.9 4 4 29 7.2 0
Chris Evans 4.9 1 0 0 0 0
Trenton Irwin 4.2 1 1 32 32 0
Shedrick Jackson 3.4 4 2 14 3.5 0
Charlie Jones 3.1 6 2 11 1.8 0
Mac Hippenhammer 3.1 4 2 11 2.8 0
Nick Bowers 1.3 1 1 3 3 0
Stanley Morgan 0 1 0 0 0 0
Malachi Carter 0 2 0 0 0 0

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