Bengals Banter: Smothering defense; Vets step up

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Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) cannot catch a pass while being covered by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

 

Head coach Marvin Lewis also praised the efforts of the defense, specifically the veterans who stepped-up in the place of their injured counterparts:

“Until that next-to-last play, we got good leadership by bringing Chris (Crocker) back here. He gives us a calming force. Reggie (Nelson) was able to answer the bell, which helped. Adam Jones is really responding to coaching, and obviously Terence Newman is just playing lights out. He’s playing great football for us. When you play the position out there, they’re going to catch a ball every once in a while, but we’re not giving up the big plays and we’ve got to keep doing that.”

 

He also mentioned defensive ends Wallace Gilberry and Margus Hunt stepped up in place of the injured Michael Johnson:

“He had a good game until we make a play at the end that prolongs the game a little bit (a roughing —the-passer penalty). But Wallace, they call him one of my nuts and bolts, just a guy who keeps working his tail off and keeps doing what he’s supposed to do. He’s good for the football team.”

“Wallace did a great job. Margus (Hunt) got his first chance to play, so that was fun. We’ve got to keep pushing these young guys to give us some snaps, because we’re going to need them to be productive as go down through the season.”

 

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict admitted that this Bengals team has had a tendency to play to their level of competition, but Sunday’s win could finally change that::

“Yeah. That’s something that we need to fix. No team is really weak in the NFL, but especially away games, we need to stop playing at other team’s levels. I think this win right here is big for us.”

 

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