Bengals players call Sunday’s win “a big statement”

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Bengals safety George Iloka didn’t make too much of Sunday’s comeback from 17 points down to beat the Seahawks in overtime and said that the victory “means nothing” in the big picture when talking to reporters after the game.

Iloka’s not wrong about what an October win will mean come January, but it was certainly a win that felt like it counted for a little bit more. The Bengals were down 24-7 to the Seahawks and facing another round of “same old Bengals” if they lost the game, but they rallied behind Andy Dalton on offense and the defense turned up the heat on Seattle to put themselves in position to win the game in overtime.

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth said winning the game sent “a heck of a message” about this year’s Bengals and his longtime teammate Domata Peko said that the two men had been on plenty of other teams in Cincinnati that couldn’t have pulled it off.

“That’s a big statement. Seattle’s been to the last two Super Bowls and they play just like us,” Peko said, via the team’s website. “Their defense flies around, they have offensive weapons. To be down 17 points, other teams I’ve been on probably would have folded. This is a different team. Our eyes were still on the prize. We endured hardships and we bent, but we never broke.”

It’s certainly worth celebrating a win like that, even if Iloka’s view should return if the team is going to keep the undefeated run alive. Given the way the Bengals have been defined by their January flops, it shouldn’t be too hard to convince anyone that the biggest fish remain unfried.

31 responses to “Bengals players call Sunday’s win “a big statement”

  1. No one’s questioning the Bengals capabilities during the regular season, especially at home. Save your “statements” for the postseason
    Because this win does nothing to take that pressure off and will mean nothing if you go one and done again.

  2. I have been impressed with the Bengals but just like every other year for their talented team the true test will come in the playoffs where Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton have struggled mightily.

    I will say this though Dalton looks like a different player this year, his command of the offense and overall confidence in his ability has been very impressive.

    I would like to see Jackson try harder to get Jeremy Hill going, not that Gio isn’t capable, but come cold weather/playoff games having a big downhill runner like Hill to lean on is invaluable in the NFL.

  3. Great win yesterday, and a great, tough game. I don’t think the Bengals would have won that game in any of the last four years. As soon as we went down 17 I figured it was over, because in past years that has been the case. Impressive comeback, though. Between that grit and Dalton looking not just consistently good but consistently great, I think we are primed to get the playoff monkey off of our backs this year.

    True test is in January, though. Till then, though, wins like this are the best we can do.

  4. So, is it time to stop talking about how amazing Seattle’s defense is yet? Great defenses don’t give up 17 point leads in the 4th quarter…..just sayin’.

  5. Had this been a playoff game, then: “Oh, WOW!” But it was just a regular season game: “Oh. Okay.” lol

  6. Keep telling yourselves things are different this year, Bungals fans. As for the rest of us, we’ll wait until the playoffs start, that’s when we’ll ALL know if they’re different.

    Even you.

  7. I’d love to argue against the people who say “Win a playoff game first”, but I can’t. They haven’t made the playoffs yet though. Lots of football left and they do have holes that need to be fixed.

    Great win yesterday though. Showed a lot of heart against a great team. They won’t go undefeated of course and I can easily see a loss against the Bills this Sunday. Just don’t lose to the Steelers.

  8. “Keep telling yourselves things are different this year, Bungals fans. As for the rest of us, we’ll wait until the playoffs start, that’s when we’ll ALL know if they’re different.

    Even you.”
    ———————————————————-
    I don’t know them all but I feel very comfortable in speaking for the entire Bengal fan base when I say nobody- and I mean not a absolutely single solitary Bengal loving soul- gives a rat’s behind what you think.

  9. Only statement yesterday is that Wilson didn’t have his defense bail him out. Had Rawls run for 159 but never took advantage of that to do a read option at all in the game or OT. His throws were poor and he took too long in the pocket.

    Credit to Cincy but some throws down the field hoping for PI calls worked out in the comeback. As did a very good and fortunate catch by Eifert.

    Also worthwhile to wonder why Jones doesn’t get a 15 yard penalty for getting into the face of the ref, then pulling his helmet off while walking away (still on the field). That was before the last drive in regulation, and even if the rest of that drive went exactly the same, that was a long kick.

  10. Winning a playoff game is definitely the final hurdle for this team. This game was a big hurdle as well. Playing a big time defense on a nearly national stage and coming back down 17 in the 4th to win it in OT using multiple drives was huge for this team.

  11. Better do it this year because Hue Jackson will be an NFL head coach in February. He has been huge for Dalton.

  12. Last I checked, the Super Bowl isn’t won in October. The Bengals need to be playing this way in January. Then..we would have something to talk about.

    Check back in January; A lot will change between now and then.

  13. Very impressive win by the Bungals, but it’s early yet and they have avoided the injury bug so far. They still haven’t played a good passing and running team yet. And let’s never forget it’s not dry mouth time….the playoffs.

  14. That’s been the problem for the Bengals over the years. Their players and coaches think “statement wins” come in September and October.

    Great start, but if they want to make a statement they need to win in the post season for the first time in a quarter century.

  15. This falls completely on the Hawks O and Bevell’s incredible level of suck. No way should Bengals have gotten the ball three times in the fourth quarter. Once again Bevell proves he should no longer be the OC. FIRE BEVELL!

  16. The ‘Hawks clearly are not what they were but that is still one of the best D’s in the game. Coming back from 17 down against them is a statement no matter what angle you view it from. Yes it’s only the 5th game of the year and October isn’t January but had they folded their tents the comments would have been “Same old Bengals” Only trolls think they can have it both ways.

    That said, they were down that 17 in their own building to a team that is having their issues and haven’t taken it to any serious competition yet. Let’s call it what it is, a gut check win that shows this team has grown some. They still have a way to go to make believers out of the average fan but it’s been a darn good start

  17. It used to be the norm that it took about five years for a QB to develop into an NFL caliber quarterback, or not. Andy Dalton now in his fifth year looks to have developed into not only an NFL caliber quarterback, but an elite NFL quarterback. Well, maybe not elite, not just yet, but he sure looks to be headed in that direction.

  18. ketch20too says:
    Oct 12, 2015 10:08 AM
    This falls completely on the Hawks O and Bevell’s incredible level of suck. No way should Bengals have gotten the ball three times in the fourth quarter. Once again Bevell proves he should no longer be the OC. FIRE BEVELL!

    The Seahawks OC gave up 20 points in the 4th quarter and OT. Not the Seahawks defense? That’s weird.

  19. So Glad the Bengals beat the Seahawks. I am a GIANTS fan but I like the way the Bengals handle themselves. They just go play the game.

    The Seahawks are good, but they talk too much. Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett…

  20. Once again, the Legion of Obvious is here to state the Bengals primetime and postseason woes.

    Here’s a clue: Everybody knows. No need to declare the obvious every single time the Bengals are mentioned here.

    AD and the boys played darned well against a tough opponent and came out on top.

    They earned it, let them enjoy it.

  21. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Oct 12, 2015 9:33 AM

    “Keep telling yourselves things are different this year, Bungals fans. As for the rest of us, we’ll wait until the playoffs start, that’s when we’ll ALL know if they’re different.

    Even you.”
    ———————————————————-
    I don’t know them all but I feel very comfortable in speaking for the entire Bengal fan base when I say nobody- and I mean not a absolutely single solitary Bengal loving soul- gives a rat’s behind what you think.
    ***********************************************
    You obviously do, because you’re always talking about me.

  22. This game proved that the Bengals mental toughness is it an all time high with this group of players I thought yesterday watching it that once they scored that first td in the 4th that they would come back and win and I was right because this is a completely different team than what I’ve seen with a completely different qb in Dalton. And for all those saying they haven’t played a winning record blah blah blah they had the the 3rd toughest schedule coming into this year.

  23. No, a “Big Statement” would be beating the Seahawks at 1:00 PM Pacific in Seattle when they weren’t on a short week.

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