Bengals Banter: Players own up to Poor Effort; Ready to Wreak Havoc

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Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws the ball in front of Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals lost a game they should have won Sunday night, and they know it. But rather than make excuses, they’re owning up to it and vowing to make sure it doesn’t happen again as they march towards an AFC North title:

"“We let one get away,” Michael Johnson said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “What we going to do about it? Going to cry? We are going to come to work and get better. We are going to come to work and get better. Now we are going to come back and win two in a row at home and go into the playoffs and wreak havoc. We are going to be all right. Nobody should have their head down.”"

Quarterback Andy Dalton had similar comments in that the Bengals control their own destiny:

"“No. We are still in control of everything, Dalton said. “That’s where we want to be right now. There is no panic. There’s no extra little bit where we are trying to get frantic. We still have two games at home. If we take care of our business a lot of good things can happen. We have to play well these next two weeks."