Last night’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers gave the Cincinnati Bengals just their second home win over their AFC North rivals in the past 13 meetings, and here are what some of the players and coaches had to say after the game, courtesy of Bengals.com.
After a disastrous Week 1 performance against the Chicago Bears that saw the offense turn the ball over three times and commit eight penalties for 84 yards, the Bengals played with much more discipline and composure last night as they didn’t turn the ball over at all, but still had nine penalties for 84 yards.
Marvin Lewis was pleased with his team on the turnover front:
“It makes a huge difference, doesn’t it? It does. You see it game after game in the NFL. You’ve got to possess the football. If you possess the football, good things can happen. If you turn the ball over to them, you’ve got a harder night.”
Andy Dalton echoed how key it was to avoid turnovers:
“We did a good job. When you look at the games you don’t turn the ball over you have a better chance at winning the game. We won the turnover battle, so that was huge. I felt like we did a good job tonight. The first half wasn’t very pretty, but in the second half we played better. I played better. That’s what we need to do. We need to come out and hit some big plays.
But Lewis wasn’t pleased with the onslaught of penalties again:
“We’ve got to keep coaching harder on that, eliminate that. You saw it in all the games this weekend that I saw. I don’t know what’s going on right now.”