After averaging 25 points through their first three games, the Cincinnati Bengals went through a game in Cleveland during which the offense missed more than a few steps. Today’s game against the Patriots looked to be headed in the same direction until the Law Firm punched the football across the goal line on 4th-and-1, giving Cincinnati a two-score lead. The run was set up by a quarterback draw play by Andy Dalton, who used his feet on more than one occasion in the game.
Of course, New England has Tom Brady. Where Dalton marched the Bengals on a 93 yard drive in 14 plays, it took Brady and the Patriots offense just three plays to drive to the Bengals 1 yard line. The Bengals defense stepped up in a big way though, stopping New England on four straight plays to force a field goal. The Patriots got three points to cut the lead, but the Bengals remained in the driver’s seat with time starting to wind down in the fourth quarter.
And then, potential disaster. A Bernard fumble gave Tom Brady the football at the Cincinnati 44 yard line, and the Bengals could no longer rely on the clock to aid them.
It was looking to have the makings of a game Bengals fans have come to expect. They grab the lead, get complacent, and a quick turn of events keeps the Bengals out of the Sunday win column.