Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bengals survive

When the Cincinnati Bengals blew a seventeen point lead to the Washington Redskins, you thought here we go again. I mean the Redskins tied the score at 24-24 in the third quarter. Then the Bengals defense held. Bengals win 38-31. Yeah, the defense is not all the way back but Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap is back. Wow. That guy is a stud. Had a sack and forced a fumble in one play. He and the other end Michael Johnson were bringing the pressure on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. A quick comment about RGIII. He's a great athlete but he better throw the ball. Sooner or later that option that they run is going to hurt the Redskins because RGIII is going to get killed.

Not everything worked for the Bengals. There was that silly fake field goal at the end of the first half. It didn't work. Folks, they should have gone for the three points. Bengals cornerback Terence Newman made a couple of bonehead plays. Touched the ball on the one after a punt. Stupid sideline hit on RGIII after he went out of bounds. The Bengals defense also let RGIII move the ball up and down the field too easily. That stuff can't diminish the Bengals victory.

But let's talk about the Bengals offense. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton brought the Bengals back. He made some great throws. He's one cool customer. And the TD pass to Andrew Hawkins was a thing of beauty. Hawkins split the coverage and Dalton hit him in stride. Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden called a masterful game starting with the first play. Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu lined up in the Wildcat and faked hand off. He threw a pass to A.J Green who ran it in for a 73 yard touchdown.

Here's the story with video.

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