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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Week 14

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Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals center Kyle Cook (64) waves to fans before the game against the New England Patriots at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Penalties

After a two game improvement in the penalty category, an old Bengals nemesis  reared it’s ugly head again (the yellow flag). While not the 9 penalty 134 yard debacle in Baltimore, 7 penalties for 60 yards is far too many penalties for any team, let alone a Super Bowl hopeful team.

Most costly was the Cook penalty – with a 21-7 lead early in the 3rd quarter, Indy just scored on a 69 yard catch and run (and bad tackling). The Colts finally had life and thanks to a poor decision by Tate to bring the ball out (a weekly occurrence), the Bengals really needed a sustained drive (even if it didn’t result in points) to give the defense a rest, a chance to compose themselves, and allow Huber some room to punt.

Instead, they go 3 and out (thanks to a Kyle Cook hands to the face penalty) and forced Huber to punt from his own endzone. You could see it coming: Huber hits a bad punt (30 yards) and 3 plays and just 1:02 later, the Colts pull to within 7 points with 7:22 left in the 3rd. While Cook was not the only offender Sunday, his penalty wiped out an 8 yard run by Dalton, a first down, and killed a much needed drive.

In the offseason, the Bengals really need to take a look for a center that doesn’t specialized in holding and getting blown off the line of scrimmage.

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