Berk's Blog - 11/01/13
Bengals showed some grit in the 2nd half. Despite being without several starters to begin the game-- while losing a few more during (notably Geno Atkins to a likely ACL tear)-- the team didn't let a 17-3 3rd quarter deficit get them down. They also withstood a three turnover barrage, which would've buried a lot of teams.
Andy Dalton answered a 94-yard Brent Grimes interception return for a score, by engineering an 80-yard scoring drive of his own. Then rookie RB Gio Bernard set Sun Life Stadium and a national TV audience on fire with a Marcus Allen-type run from the Raiders Super Bowl win over the Redskins back in 1983 (remember that one?).
Bengals tied and then took the lead in a game that easily could've gotten out of hand. It would've gotten out of hand if Miami was a better football team. But playing on the road in a short week, means you DO NOT have to make any apologies for who you play. And not one player took the bait and used playing on the road off three days rest as an excuse.
The Bengals lost this one on turnovers, plain and simple. In every other key category Cincinnati dominated. Time of possession was 40:00-28:00. Total yards was 465-345 and on 3rd down the Bengals were 10-20 while Miami was a putrid 3-14. A walk-off safety, of all things, snaps the winning streak at 4 and sends the Bengals off to Baltimore with a record of 6-3.