If Zac Taylor coaches as he did in the second half, the Bengals have a real chance at winning the AFC North. The offense looked alive, the defense was getting stops, and the team was fun to watch.
Taylor is in the losers column because it took him a terrible first half to get to this point. Fans are getting restless about the head coach not showing the dynamic offense, and now that he has unleashed it, Taylor could be in trouble if the conservative playcalling comes back.
The Bengals secondary got burned for a few big plays and was unable to inspire a lot of confidence without Jesse Bates on the field. A big part of this can be attributed to playing on a short week, but a defense that has looked so strong throughout the season looked surprisingly vulnerable against one of the worst teams in the league.
Yikes. That level of play is going to get the Bengals beat in just about every other game on their schedule. Simply put, that cannot happen again if Cincinnati expects to win the game. The good guys got lucky that their worst half was against one of the worst teams, but that is something we should all just clear from our memories and move on.
Who were your winners and losers?