The Bengals quickly adjusted to the aggressive Bears cornerbacks.
Against the Bears’ Cover 3, the Bengals had a Cover 2-beating high-low combination to their left, and, to the right, Green was running a go route perfect to beat an overly aggressive cornerback. The safety never had a chance, and Green torched Tillman for a 42-yard gain.
Now in the red zone, the Bengals, Dalton and Green doled out a little more punishment as a result of Tillman’s gambling play.
Dalton sent Green in motion, and saw Tillman in man coverage against Green, isolated on the outside. So Green began to run a slant route, and, unsurprisingly, Tillman bit hard. Very, very hard.
As soon as Tillman tried to jump the route, Green broke outside and Dalton fired. Trying to recover, Tillman turned his back to both the quarterback and wide receiver, and, at that point, never had a chance.