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Cincinnati Bengals: Week Five Grades vs. Seahawks

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Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Coaching: B

The Bengals’ coaching staff got off to a slow start, calling a first-quarter timeout yet again on Sunday. An epic collapse of the defense An early timeout in the first quarter, a breakdown of the defense on the Seahawks first drive, and well, the fact that Cincinnati was down 17 points in the fourth quarter warranted a low grade from this staff, but the coaches made up for their mistakes later on. The resilience that Marvin Lewis’ Bengals team showed was unlike that of any other Cincinnati squad of the past–that alone saved the coaching staff. Add on some wild formations from Hue Jackson, a lockdown Paul Guenther defense in the fourth quarter and a composed offense throughout the game, and this coaching staff looked like one of the NFL’s best on Sunday. However, the fact that Cincinnati’s defense folded against the run and the team fell apart after its first turnover leaves room for improvement.

Marvin Lewis and the Bengals are 5-0, which says a lot about this team. Cincinnati was all heart on Sunday, and the Jungle was roaring. A matchup against the 3-2 Bills on Sunday give the Bengals a great chance to finish off the first half of the season with a 6-0 record before their Week 7 bye. We’ll just have to see if the Bengals are up to the test this upcoming Sunday. For now, keep embracing the fact that this Bengals team is one of the best groups we’ve seen in a long time.

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