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Don’t look now: The Bengals are a winning team

Nate Clements, Rey Maualuga AP

Andy Dalton somehow makes it happen with the game on the line.  That’s just one of many takeaways from Cincinnati’s 30-20 win in Jacksonville.

1. Dalton looks like a rookie quarterback each week for three quarters, but the kid has a knack for big plays with the game on the line. This makes three fourth quarter comebacks this season.  The Bengals were down to a fourth-and-six in the fourth quarter; Dalton made a nice read and Jermaine Gresham leaped to keep the go-ahead drive.

2. The Bengals have the team Jack Del Rio wants. The defense is good enough to carry their rookie quarterback. Outside of a busted coverage (by former Jag Reggie Nelson), the Bengals defense shut the Jaguars down.

3. A.J. Green caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.  He is just as good as a rookie as Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald were.  He’s a complete receiver. He can pick up the long scores (37-yard touchdown) and the short third down conversion.

4. The Jaguars put up 20 points, but the passing attack is too consistent to compete. 7 Jacksonville drives gained four yards or less. They consistently set up the Bengals in good field position.  Blaine Gabbert did some good things, but feels the pass rush too much.

5. The Bengals have a good chance to head into their bye week at 4-2.  They host the Colts next week before getting a week off.  Carson Palmer could have made the playoffs with this team.

6. Jack Del Rio is coaching on borrowed time.  If they can’t win this game at home, what can they win? They could be 1-7 heading into their bye week. Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Houston is up next. Del Rio may not be around after that.

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  1. jhart615 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:53 PM

    Huge jaguars fan here…

    Blaine Gabbert is the future of the franchise and i firmly believe that, but if ownership doesn’t address the receiver position then there is no way he’s going to develop. Justin Blackmon or Alshon Jeffrey would immediately help Gabbert grow to the quarterback he can become and they must be picked next year in the draft.

    And yes I am already looking forward to the draft because this team just isn’t where it needs to be on offense to compete. The defense is world’s better than it was last year and I’m happy that all these new additions will be here for years to come.

    If the jags can get better receiving core next year, along with the development of Gabbert…this team can really compete for the division

  2. nationalmediacansuckit says: Oct 9, 2011 5:53 PM

    Congrats Bengals. You deserved to win.

    Now Wayne Weaver, the Jaguars are without a doubt the worst team, coaching staff, WR Corp, offensive line in the league. After 9 years of incompetence and inconsistency you have to gut this coaching staff. I don’t care if it’s now, bye week or end of season but the games are over. I’ve committed to this team, are you? Freaking pathetic.

  3. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 9, 2011 5:54 PM

    I thought Benson was locked up?

  4. trbowman says: Oct 9, 2011 5:55 PM

    They beat a horrible Jags team. Cool.

    They’re still the Bungles

  5. 1buckeye76 says: Oct 9, 2011 6:02 PM

    Thanks for taking your blankie and hiding Carson, we finally have a QB who is a leader. Take some notes from Dalton in that field in case the Bengals decide someday to let you play again.

    Dalton makes his rookie errors, but comes right back and makes plays. He’s a winner.

  6. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 9, 2011 6:05 PM

    Hey at least the Browns didn’t lose today!

  7. goatcheez says: Oct 9, 2011 6:12 PM

    They beat the Browns and Jaguars, their only good win is against the Bills. I’ll give Dalton that. And to credit Dalton with coming back in this game is laughable. He got the ball at the 23 yard line… because the Jags punter is by far the worst I’ve ever seen, one Old Man Matt Turk.

    Other than one play they shut the Jags down? How about they let the lowly Jags slice through them on the opening drive and the Jags had 296 yards to the Bengals 239…

    The Jags suck because their head coach sucks and they always have mental errors at the end of games this year. Bengals didn’t win this game. Jacksonville gave it to them. Get your facts straight PFT. Drinking that Boomer kool aid right now.

  8. pskotte says: Oct 9, 2011 6:13 PM

    Where are all the Bengal bashers now? Five weeks ago these pages were filled with nothing but sneers and scorn from the vast unwashed. Most predicted 0-16. I guess you have opened your mouth so far you can put your shoe in it. Not that the Bengals are going to the playoffs this year or anything but so far – IN YOUR FACE.

  9. 4t9er says: Oct 9, 2011 6:14 PM

    People like to make fun of the Bengals, but their defense is top notch and Dalton and AJ are clutch players.

  10. kwgator says: Oct 9, 2011 6:15 PM

    Dalton ….. ROADHOUSE!!!

  11. etoharin78 says: Oct 9, 2011 6:18 PM

    Easy now, they did lose to the Broncos.

  12. hrudey says: Oct 9, 2011 6:19 PM

    The Jaguars’ defense just held their fourth opponent to under 300 total yards. Only the Saints have topped that mark so far. The defense is not at all the problem this year; the offense’s ineptitude and the absolute collapse of the special teams is.

  13. Ratpee1 says: Oct 9, 2011 6:24 PM

    Way to go Bengals!!

  14. goawayeverybody says: Oct 9, 2011 6:33 PM

    During the off-season I made a lot of jokes about the “Bungles” and how they were going to suck and go 0-16.

    I take it all back! This is an extremely disciplined and rather talented team that should probably be 4-1 right now. Andy Dalton is solid and reliable. To be honest, he plays like a veteran already. He just might be the steal of this particular draft class. AJ Green is just plain unstoppable. He is everything he was billed as and more. And that defense is outstanding.

  15. contraryguy says: Oct 9, 2011 6:42 PM

    goatcheez says: Oct 9, 2011 6:12 PM

    “Other than one play they shut the Jags down?”

    One play, really? If the Jags had ANYthing on offense, why would they have settled for FGs within 3 yards of the end zone, twice?

  16. cmack21 says: Oct 9, 2011 6:42 PM

    Im a Bengals fan and I didnt think much of them in the pre-season but Im happy for them. Marvin Lewis is doing a good job, but why bring up Carson Palmer, he really hasnt been good since ’06 and HE QUIT on his team. He is a punk and they will be better off without him.

  17. ktcmoving says: Oct 9, 2011 6:45 PM

    “Blaine Gabbert did some good things, but feels the pass rush too much.”

    No offense, but I’ve been saying that on my blog for about the last six months.

  18. essentialsausage says: Oct 9, 2011 6:46 PM

    lol @ Carson Palmer.

  19. sikoix says: Oct 9, 2011 6:56 PM

    Not a Bengals fan, but it seems unfair to Palmer would have these guys in the playoffs (as if Dalton would be a failure if he didn’t). I personally thought Palmer was overrated 3 seasons ago — perhaps he was a bigger part of the problem than the media has let on in recent years.

  20. goatcheez says: Oct 9, 2011 6:59 PM

    contraryguy says: Oct 9, 2011 6:42 PM

    You must not of watched the game son. Jags outgained them and their punter kicked 3 straight punts of 30 or less yards giving the Bengals the ball on the opponents side of the field all times. That “game winning drive” of Daltons was a total of 23 yards… it there was no turnover. That’s how bad the Jags punter killed them.

    Bengals did shut them down in a bunch of 3 and outs in the 3rd and 4th quarter but if you watched the game you’d know the 25 mph winds hindered BOTH QBs. Numerous passes died in the air. Bengals played good D but they did not shut them down. 20 pts and 300 yards is not shutting down. MJD ran all over them too. Jags are just a team ran by idiots and they gave Cincy the game. Simple as that.

    Props to the Bengals for finding a way to win. Bottom line.

  21. mikediesel18 says: Oct 9, 2011 7:29 PM

    Stat corrections….

    1. Bruce Gradkowski led the comeback in week 1 — Dalton was injured

    2. “The Bengals have the team Jack Del Rio wants.” —do you mean Marvin Lewis?

    4. “The Jaguars put up 20 points, but the passing attack is too consistent to compete.” — doesn’t even make sense….don’t you mean too inconsistent?

    just plain sloppy….come on man clean it up

  22. theysone says: Oct 9, 2011 7:35 PM

    Dalton didn’t play so well against the Niners with the game on the line…

  23. crip2nite says: Oct 9, 2011 7:38 PM

    A win is nice but the Bengals need to keep improving and keep healthy. A win on the road in windy weather is tough and shows that the Bengals are playing 60 minutes of football. Also, their schedule gets tougher and tougher as the season progresses into the second half.

    Kudos to Jax run stop D it is pretty stout.

    I love my Bengals but 8 wins for what they were projected to do this season is big for this young team.

  24. mswravens says: Oct 9, 2011 7:42 PM

    Bungles fans are funny! You do have some very good players, and a future superstar in AJ Green… Do you still root for those guys when they go and make the playoffs for other franchises???

  25. skiha says: Oct 9, 2011 7:42 PM

    “Carson Palmer could have made the playoffs with this team.”

    I disagree. While Carson could make some plays that Dalton can not. Dalton has kept more plays alive with his feet than Carson has during his Bengals Career. There is no way Carson gets the TD on 3rd and goal to Gresham while running away from the play. Carson also doesn’t pick up the 1st down last week when Dalton dove and kept the drive alive.
    I’m not saying this is a playoff team; however, with the Bengals defense playing the way it is now, most all games are “winable”
    Props to the rotating D-Line. Have a D-Line that rotates the way that it does, just tires out O-Lines. anyone can see that from the decond half of this game.

  26. raiderfan40 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:24 PM

    The Bengals always play well when they have a last place schedule, they will fold like a cheap suit in the second half of the season.

  27. tatum064 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:26 PM

    theysone says:
    Oct 9, 2011 7:35 PM
    Dalton didn’t play so well against the Niners with the game on the line…
    =========================
    Kind of hard to play when the Niner d-line was smacking around their QB.

  28. skiha says: Oct 9, 2011 8:27 PM

    mswravens says:Oct 9, 2011 7:42 PM

    Bungles fans are funny! You do have some very good players, and a future superstar in AJ Green… Do you still root for those guys when they go and make the playoffs for other franchises???
    _________________________________
    I know you are trying to take shots at the Bengals and their fans, but do you still root for ex-ravens? That question is just nonsense. C’MON MAN!

  29. getweird4u says: Oct 9, 2011 8:27 PM

    First of all if palmer was on this team they would be 0-6 or 1-5 at best he is horrible.Second yeah they got wins over some bad teams but remember,all you “smart guys” said this was BY FAR the WORST team in the league?bahahaha because they didn’t have their “franchise” qb anymore and where forced to start a rookie.Anybody who follows this team at all knows that just getting rid of bumkowski the worst o-coord. in the league was worth 3 more wins a year easy.With the young nucleus on o and the #1 defense in the nfl this team is going places in the next few years.So keep hatin people we are used to it.AJ green= Best rookie wideout since megatron!

  30. blackngold777 says: Oct 9, 2011 9:12 PM

    They’ll fall apart… They’re the bungles for a reason… wait until they face the STEEL CURTAIN.

  31. whodey1218 says: Oct 9, 2011 9:37 PM

    Let them hate because we will meet their team and show them why we are a winning football TEAM

  32. jnsschott says: Oct 9, 2011 10:25 PM

    Skeet skeet

  33. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Oct 9, 2011 10:39 PM

    @mswravens…lol…at least we are original Bengals and not ex-Turds. Who-DEY!

  34. jcioffi1485 says: Oct 9, 2011 10:47 PM

    As a Bengal fan, all I ask for is a team that will fight you till the end. As for
    Carson, I hope he’s getting the picture. You quit on us. Bleep you, you selfish bleep. Must be a real humbling to know that with so many teams in need of a QB, nobody thinks your worth enough for
    Mike Brown to relent. Looks like you get to count your millions…..but you won’t play ever again

  35. bengaldan says: Oct 9, 2011 11:17 PM

    Mjd ran all over us??? Really? After 42 yards on the first drive he barely managed another 40 all game! He was handled by our d today just like gabbert, who looked scared to death frankly. Jags are years away from being competitive. Sorry, the truth hurts. Who Dey!!!!!!

  36. beelicker says: Oct 10, 2011 11:55 AM

    @mikediesel18

    >>> “The Bengals have the team Jack Del Rio wants.” —do you mean Marvin Lewis? <<<

    Lewis already has "the team he (Del Rio) wants". The very next sentence explains that team would be one where the "defense is good enough to carry their rookie QB (to victory)".

    What kind of sense would it make to "mean" Lewis has the team he already has per your suggestion? Clearly Del Rio's defense couldn't accomplish this very feat for him yesterday, whereas in contrast, Lewis's did.

    Perhaps you should restrict your participation on these messageboards until you're cleared from the seeming effects of a possible concussion or something?

  37. cincyalldaway says: Oct 10, 2011 12:17 PM

    goatcheez says:
    Oct 9, 2011 6:12 PM
    They beat the Browns and Jaguars, their only good win is against the Bills. I’ll give Dalton that. And to credit Dalton with coming back in this game is laughable. He got the ball at the 23 yard line… because the Jags punter is by far the worst I’ve ever seen, one Old Man Matt Turk.

    Other than one play they shut the Jags down? How about they let the lowly Jags slice through them on the opening drive and the Jags had 296 yards to the Bengals 239…

    The Jags suck because their head coach sucks and they always have mental errors at the end of games this year. Bengals didn’t win this game. Jacksonville gave it to them. Get your facts straight PFT. Drinking that Boomer kool aid right now.
    =================================
    AWWW…Somebody’s a little butt hurt! Just smear a little Preperation H on it and stick your finger back in it! It appears that’s your MO anyway. Just another disgruntled fan with his finger in his a$$! But all is not lost. I bet you guys do a hell of a job once you move to LA! Freakin loser!

  38. rgwhodey says: Oct 10, 2011 2:17 PM

    Great win Bengals.. the refs were absolute horrid and did everything they could to get Jax the win…
    Just sayin’

  39. palewook says: Oct 10, 2011 3:41 PM

    “The defense is good enough” yes. cincy has a quaint little defense that is just good enough. do your research. cincy has the deepest most underrated d-line in the nfl. defenses don’t land in the top 5 by being just good enough.

    reggie nelson didn’t blow that coverage. it was leon hall and chris crocker. with hall admitting on the sideline it was his missed assignment.

  40. hitdog042 says: Oct 10, 2011 4:36 PM

    Hey goatcheez obv you didn’t watch the game. Drew ran all over the Bengals??

    He had 85 yards, and 22 of them were after he was DOWN but the Bengals didn’t have time to throw the red flag.

    so… 63 yards is your def of running all over the Bengals.

    Maroon.

  41. hitdog042 says: Oct 10, 2011 4:38 PM

    palewook:

    it was Nelson. It was a cover-2 and he bit inside when he was supposed to have Hall’s back side. Nelson has since owned up to it.

    Hall, unless you can read lips, did nothing but lift his arms up and hit his helmet. Probably telling Nelson to think.

    Hall played the right coverage, Nelson did not.

    Chris Crocker was on the other side of the field. Get glasses.

  42. kazkal says: Oct 11, 2011 2:33 PM

    —–Carson Palmer could have made the playoffs with this team.

    ——-

    As a Bengals fan I Disagree Andy is better for this team then Carson.He suits the current offense .

  43. kazkal says: Oct 11, 2011 2:40 PM

    ——goatcheez says: ——

    Defense did Fine,Because it Kept it’s 1# Rank after this game.

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