Of course, Marvin Lewis lent a helping hand to the Cowboys, as well. In a matchup of two of the worst game managers in all of the NFL, Lewis was able to school Jason Garrett in how to burn up timeouts as quickly as possible. As the Cowboys marched down the field towards the game-winning field goal, the Bengals had to helplessly watch the seconds tick away without any timeouts left.
Matching tit-for-tat with Rob Ryan in a 12 men on the field penalty and a Ryan-esque personal foul earned by jawing with Andre Smith, the Bengals followed up by burning timeouts due to ten men on the field and incorrect personnel.
But even bigger than the dropped interceptions were dropped passes. Andrew Hawkins dropped what would have been a critical third down conversion by continuing to run a route when Dalton expected him to sit down in a hole in coverage.
But even worse than that was, in the third quarter, when the Bengals squandered an opportunity to take a commanding lead by settling for a field goal when they had three opportunities to score a touchdown.
Marvin Jones may not have had a breakout game of the magnitude of Mohammed Sanu earlier this year, but flashed the ability to become what Jerome Simpson never could. He did, however, miss out on a touchdown on first-and-goal by allowing himself to be pushed out of bounds. While not entirely his fault, that is something that can certainly be chalked up to inexperience.
On second down, Jermaine Gresham had the ball on his hands on a post route, but he was extended for the high pass while hit by the safety and underneath linebacker. It would have been a highlight-reel catch, although his earlier one-handed catch on a similar play was already fairly superhuman.