The Cincinnati Bengals began the season in a closely contested matchup against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. It was a hard-fought game by both teams, but the Bengals essentially gave away the game after some bad decisions.
The team played sound football on both sides of the ball; however, they simply could not get out of their own way. Costly turnovers, penalties and game management issues sealed their fate as they fell to the Bears 24-21.
Despite starting the season with an 0-1 record, the Bengals cling to first place in the AFC North—the other three teams lost to AFC opponents which puts Cincinnati on top.
Let's break down each position on the Bengals' roster and grade their performances.