When asked about the character of his team, Andy Dalton was quick to pint out the heart the defense showed being critical to getting the win:
"“It shows how well our defense played. They had short fields they were working with and great field position. With all the turnovers we had, it was good to overcome it as a team, make plays and win.” “If you take away the turnovers, be better on third down, keep drives alive and keep the ball in our possession it gives us more chances to score more points.”"
Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Rookie Giovani Bernard had another big game, and also believes yesterday’s win was a statement game
"“Yeah. I think for us, we knew we were a good team a long time ago. We knew we were a good team, even during training camp. The biggest thing for us is just winning the turnover (battle) on offense. We knew we were close — even against Chicago. A game like that (against) a team like that, we turn the ball over numerous times and we were still able to be in the game. But this was a different circumstance. We turned the ball over but were able to come out with a win. That’s just defense. The defense really did everything this game.”"
Veteran defensive tackle Domata Peko also thought it was win that showcased the character of the Bengals:
"“It just shows our character, man. Through the tough times, we were able to stick in there and keep working. That’s what we love about our team: When one person is down, there’s another person there to pick them up, so that was really good on our part today. We had a good game plan and had a lot of bad plays — missed plays — today. But we’ve just got to go in, look at the film and get better. That was a huge win for us. The Packers have a great offense led by one of the best in the league in Aaron Rodgers. It was a big win for the city and our team.”"
Be sure to check out all the quotes from yesterday’s game at Bengals.com.