Brad's Blog - 11/17/13
Bengals are nothing if not resilient. After a pair of overtime losses, they came out sleepwalking in the battle of Ohio. It was as ugly a first quarter as fans could have imagined. Andy Dalton threw a pair of interceptions to Joe Haden-- one he brought back for a pick 6! But Marvin has said one of the things he likes most about Dalton is his amnesia. Once a play is over, it's over and he looks forward without lingering on the disappointment. After throwing two picks he connected on a pair of TD's even while completing only 8 passes in the first half and gaining only 3 first downs.
He got a lot of help from his defense as the Bengals took "next man up" to another level. Jayson DiManche was able to block a punt, and then fresh up from the practice squad, Tony Dye picked it up and rumbled back for the score. Wallace Gilberry has been making big plays for awhile now, and he added one more with the help of Vontaze Burfict to produce a fumble, and subsequent TD return for Taz.
A record 31 point 2nd quarter created a nice cushion. Then the rains came and the ugliness followed in the second half.
They aren't consistent and they aren't always pretty. But the defense is good, the quarterback has been good enough, and the resiliency has been outstanding.