Cincinnati vs. Arizona: Bengals' Preseason Week 3 Game Preview

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Cincinnati vs. Arizona: Bengals' Preseason Week 3 Game Preview
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In the preseason contest that matters the most, the Cincinnati Bengals encounter old friend Carson Palmer down in the desert of Arizona for a Week 3 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Cincinnati has dropped two consecutive preseason games, but the final tallies of meaningless exhibitions to this point are overshadowed by strong performances from the first-team units despite coordinator changes this past offseason.

Arizona enters with a 1-1 record, although a litany of injuries and issues has thrown the future performance of the defense into question. The offense, though, figures to look strong once again under the guidance of Bruce Arians.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis touched on Sunday night's encounter with his former franchise quarterback earlier in the week.

"He's impressive to watch. He's still Carson," said Lewis, per Kevin Goheen of Fox Sports. "That's why it's hard coming in here and every time we look at a quarterback and we bring these guys in from off the street, man, it's hard to compare.

For the Cincinnati defense, Sunday is a great opportunity to test its mettle against an offense that includes Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and running back Andre Ellington. The offense gets a nice test too, thanks to a secondary led by Patrick Peterson—beneath the spotlights of a national audience, no less, an area the team has struggled in over the course of the past three years.

Within, let's take a look at a full breakdown of Sunday's matchup.

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