The game seemed to be coming to an early end when Cody Kessler left in the second quarter due to a concussion. The team was driving, and with rookie Kevin Hogan as the only healthy backup, things were not looking up.
Hogan actually ran the ball a few times in some special packages, usually devoted to Terrelle Pryor, earlier in the game, but he was now expected to be the full-time quarterback. And surprisingly, he didn’t do too bad.
Hogan finished with 100 passing yards, but his 104 rushing yards, including a rushing touchdown, were the most impressive part of his performance. The former Stanford quarterback did finish with two interceptions, but that is expected out of a rookie thrust into game action with minimal preparation during the week.
His success in the run game may have been due to a lack of knowledge on the Bengals sideline, as the defense limited his production on the ground at the end of the game.
Having Hogan start next Sunday against the Jets is not ideal, but he showed he can at least give the team a chance to win, compared to the alternative of signing a free agent quarterback unfamiliar with the offense.