Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bengals Bungle to Victory

Last Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals bungled their way to a victory over the Carolina Panthers, 20-7. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw two interceptions and could have easily thrown two more. He was not on the same page as his receivers. And there was one moment of Bengals stupidity that occurred with eighteen seconds left in the second quarter. The Bengals had the ball deep in the Panthers territory. I think it was between the twenty and the thirty yard line. Anyway, Carson threw a pass to a receive at the five. Now you have to run up to the five, set up and spike the ball to give you perhaps one more shot at the endzone before you kick it. Right tackle Dennis Roland was very slow getting to the line for Carson to spike the ball. And time ran out. The minimum three points were lost. Absolutely inexcusable.

Anything go right for our Bengals? Yeah. Bengals Kicker Mike Nugent kicked a fifty yard field goal. And he consistently puts the ball in the endzone on kickoffs. Bengals Punter Kevin Huber put three punts down within the five yard line. The other three were within the twenty.

The Bengals defense was good again. The pass rush was solid. But it was the secondary again that did the job. After a Panthers interception, DB Leon Hall on defense cut in front of a Panthers receiver to pick off the ball. He got it back for the Bengals. The Bengals have a lot of depth in the secondary. They have two shut down corners in Hall and Jonathan Joseph. And the corners backing them could start on any team. Those guys are Morgan Trent and Adam Jones who did not play in this game.

Bengals hold on to win. Here are the video highlights.

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