Sunday, October 9, 2011
Wrap-up: Bengals 30, Jaguars 20
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 30-20 win at the Jacksonville Jaguars:
What it means: The young Bengals are starting to show they are able to handle some success. After a comeback win over Buffalo, Cincinnati rallied once again in the final two minutes of the game. At 3-2, the Bengals are one win away from matching their win total from last season.
Thumbs up: Bengals' poise. Down 20-16 in the fourth quarter, Cincinnati took advantage of great field position (a 22-yard punt gave the Bengals the ball at the Jacksonville 28) and punched the ball into the end zone on seven plays when it couldn't settle for a field goal. Calling a 2-yard run on third-and-goal from the 2-yard line was risky but successful. Bernard Scott scored the touchdown, but left guard Nate Livings and center Kyle Cook opened the hole. Wonder if Cedric Benson will be upset that Scott was the one who got the touchdown.
Red-hot red zone defense: Yes, a breakdown in coverage allowed for a wide-open, 74-yard touchdown that put the Jaguars ahead 20-16 in the fourth quarter. But the Bengals' defense didn't allow a touchdown twice when the Jaguars had a first-and-goal at the 5-yard line or closer.
Receiving praise: Rookie receiver A.J. Green is showing why he was one of the top prospects coming out of the draft. He had five catches for 90 yards including a 37-yard touchdown grab that tied the game at 7.
What's next: The Bengals return home to play the Indianapolis Colts before their bye week.