Be sure to read the earlier segment on the defense. Now, time for the offense, which did better than last week, but still has a lot of room for improvement.
Going for it on 4th and Goal from the 1
Give Marvin credit, it took balls to go for it on 4th and goal from the 1 yard line. Sure, all of us “arm chair coaches” like to say it was an easy decision, but it wasn’t. The “Book of NFL Coaching” would tell you that your defense is playing great, there is only 9:21 left to play, take the FG, take the 9-3 lead and hope to hold them out of the endzone. Marvin of past years may have done so. Sunday he didn’t, and it paid off.
Good thing he did, because the Patriots marched right down the field in less than 2 minutes to the Bengals 1 yard line, and if not for an amazing goal line stand and Marvin’s 4th and 1 call, we could easily have been talking about a game the Bengals controlled all day long, yet found themselves down 10-9 with about 6 minutes to play.