“Of all the Bengals games you’ve seen, was Sunday’s win over the Detroit lions the gutsiest performance you’ve seen by a Bengals team?”
I wouldn’t necessarily say it was the gutsiest. That’s a very specific word, with a very specific connotation. Resilient is a word that comes to my mind more easily. Then again, maybe the two can go hand-in-hand in this situation. The Bengals took everything that the Lions offense gave them and threw it right back at the home team of Ford Field.
The defense was the epitome of the phrase “bend, but don’t break,” as it let up over 400 yards of offense, but came through when they most needed to in order to get the team in the win column.
Gutsiest? I’m not sure I’d give this performance that title, but it definitely competes.
When Leon Hall went down with what immediately looked like a devastating injury, I didn’t think the Bengals would be able to overcome his loss so early in the game. That’s not even taking into account the emotional loss of one your best leaders while facing a Lions team that scores 30+ points per game at home.
The odds were certainly stacked against the Bengals, and for them to dig deep within themselves and pull-out that victory was a true testament to the character of this football team.
Adam Jones said it best this week in saying this was first team he’s been on without an “I” guy. Sunday was a true “team” win, and for me, it was certainly one of the gutsiest performances I’ve ever seen by a Bengals team.