Monday, October 3, 2011
Under further review: Bengals
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Cincinnati Bengals' 23-20 win against the Buffalo Bills:
The Bengals wouldn't have been able to pull off the comeback victory against the previously undefeated Bills if not for the play of Jermaine Gresham.
The Cincinnati tight end pulled the Bengals to within 17-13 in the third quarter with a one-handed 17-yard touchdown grab, which ended the team's six-quarter touchdown drought. Gresham then had a 25-yard reception in the fourth quarter, which was the longest play in the game-tying drive.
The 21st overall pick of the 2010 draft finished with four catches for 70 yards in the second half after being shut out in the first.
“In the second half, we just had to play within the offense and do our part to help the defense out," Gresham told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "We had to play smart."
STAT THAT STICKS: No. 1. The overall ranking of the Bengals' defense, which went from No. 3 last week to the current top spot. Cincinnati, which quieted the NFL's highest-scoring offense in the Bills, is allowing 275.5 yards per game.
OVERHEARD: “It’s a very good feeling, and not just for the obvious. But to do it for your team -- and when I say your team I mean I grew up a die-hard Bengals fan. I’ve been coming to games my whole life and I’ve watched guys like Jim Breech do it all of the time. It’s one of those things where we need to remember this feeling and bring it into next week.” Mike Nugent after kicking the game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Bengals (2-2) play at the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3), who have lost three straight games by 29, 6 and 13 points, respectively.