What to watch: Bengals vs. Broncos

The Cincinnati Bengals will play for the second time this preseason Sunday with a home game against the Denver Broncos.

Cincinnati will look to make adjustments after Sunday's 16-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game. Here are three things I will be monitoring:

  • Let's see if Cincinnati has better execution offensively. The Bengals looked like an offense in transition last week as penalties and lack of pass protections produced zero points for the starters. Quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Terrell Owens connected on two receptions. But other than that, the first offense was unproductive.

  • Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wasn't happy last week with the mental errors and poor execution. There were nine penalties in the first half against Dallas, when starters and many backups who will make the team were still in the game. Cincinnati also was plagued by too many penalties last season.

  • Keep an eye on the NFL debut of Denver rookie quarterback Tim Tebow. I know "Bengaldom" might not have as much interest, but football fans across the country want to see if Tebow can play at the next level. As a backup quarterback, he's expected to get plenty of reps.