The Bengals lead the Jets 7-0 early in the second quarter, but Marvin Lewis has already made an inexcusable mistake for the home team.
He’s lost two challenges, and will not be allowed to challenge for the rest of the game.
The first challenge came on a Laveranues Coles fumble. It was a close call, so we can’t kill Lewis’ decision.
The second challenge made no sense. Lewis has to know in that situation to only challenge an absolutely crucial play he’s confident was called incorrectly.
Perhaps egged on by a crowd reaction to a replay, Lewis challenged a 15-yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery that put the ball on the Bengals 41-yard line.
It was clearly a catch, but there wasn’t a great replay until after the challenge was made. Even if it was a close call, the game situation did not warrant the risk.
We’ll see if it comes back to haunt Lewis.