After watching their best player walk to the locker room on the first series and three more starters leave for the rest of the game during the first half, the Bengals dug deep on Bloody Sunday and offered one of the more impressive efforts of the Marvin Lewis Era as they took a 24-10 victory over the Falcons in the Paul Brown Stadium opener before 58,574.
The Bengals.com Media Roundtable calls it a close one, but in the first unanimous resolution of the season, the Table sticks to the age-old principle that good defense always beats good offense.
Bengals S Reggie Nelson vs. Falcons QB Matt Ryan. Something is going to have to give in Sunday’s Paul Brown Stadium opener (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s-Channel 12) with two of the best players from Kickoff Weekend.