Cincinnati Bengals Team Notes

Cincinnati Bengals Team Notes

Coach Marvin Lewis has drawn heat for choosing to receive the ball against the wind in overtime. He had to take the ball. Lewis continues to infuse his team with belief, and for the first time in many seasons on Sunday, Bengals players were mad about losing to the Bills, not happy that they pushed the game into overtime.

After solid performances by Peter Warrick and Chad Johnson, and a 69-yard rushing effort by running back Rudi Johnson in his first start, the Bengals went three and out 2 consecutive times, once in regular play and then in overtime. Buffalo's only touchdown of the game came after Jon Kitna's lone interception, which gave the Bills the ball at Cincinnati's 35 yard line.

On defense, the Bengals had four sacks, upping their season total to eight, all of which belong to defensive linemen. End Duane Clemons has four. Quarterback pressure has improved in the past two weeks, but the Bengals could not get to quarterback Drew Bledsoe on the Bills' last two possessions, when he led them to a game-tying field goal and a touchdown in overtime.

The rush defense has improved the last two weeks, but Travis Henry provided enough of a running game, with 85 yards, to keep the Bills in the game in the second half.

There were no major blowups in the kicking game. Peter Warrick's 30-yard punt return set up the field goal that gave the Bengals a late 16-13 lead. Shayne Graham made 3 of 4 on field goals. Average drive start was plus-4 yards.

Looking ahead to the final 11 games, Lewis had this to say. "We have a chance to shape our own destiny. We've played some good teams, so they say. I think other than the Chiefs, everybody else is about where we are right now."

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