Another blast from the past
After that TD from Dalton, there was a return to the Lost Decade. Suddenly, everything that Lewis has presumably turned around came storming back. The defense reverted to the horrendous tackling that plagued them earlier in the season (I’m being nice, it never left). It looked as if Jordan Howard had slathered himself in silicone. Howard diced the hapless Bengals defense like a sushi chef.
Bill Lazor and Lewis had no answers after the break. It was bad enough to see the Bengals hanging onto one score in the first quarter. But, not getting close enough to score in the entire second-half is unacceptable.
Yes, Lazor is trying to install his play calling magic into the existing playbook. But, that doesn’t mean go braindead when certain schemes are working. Granted, there were very few things that seemed to go well against the Bears. But, use the ones that are.
Five to six days rest is not ideal for most NFL players to recover emotionally or physically. In fact, seven days isn’t enough, in most cases. Yet, Lewis had time to get his troops psyched up for the game they had to win. Lewis was one of the cogs behind the one-at-a-time mantra. Essentially, the Bengals weren’t prepared for their “must win” game with Chicago. It was evident in all phases of the game.