Bengals Film Study: Dropped Passes, Interceptions and the Cowboys Game

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December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Dalla Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe it was the ghosts of Bungles past or maybe it was an inspired performance by a team that recently lost a member in a tragic accident, but the Bengals lost a game to the Cowboys that they had every chance to win.

The Fischer Price package, especially Geno Atkins, completely dominated the Cowboys makeshift line. Atkins exerted his will against the run and while rushing Tony Romo, while Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson applied plenty of pressure off the edges. Romo, however, is at his best while improvising in the pocket.

The Bengals were able to hold the Cowboys to 2.04 YPA rushing, with Atkins’ backfield presence playing a large role. The biggest problems for the Bengals were missed opportunities and an inability to close out the game. As Romo has shown over the years, even as recently as last week against the Eagles, that if given a fighting chance he can find a way to come back and win

Playing quite a bit of man coverage, Terence Newman had arguable one of his best games against his former team. On the other hand, Newman dropped two interceptions that could have helped put the game away. With three dropped interceptions in all, including what would have been a game-changing pick by Newman late in the game, the Bengals played as large a part in the Romo comeback as anybody.

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Tags: A.J. Green Andy Dalton Bengals Cowboys Geno Atkins NFL Film Tony Romo