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    Cincinnati Bengals keep finding ways to win

    Paul Daugherty, @EnquirerDoc Published 6:30 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2018 | Updated 8:09 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2018


    You can win in the NFL playing a good 15 minutes, as long as it’s the right 15. Someone once made the unfortunate mistake of asking Yogi Berra what time it was. “You mean now?’’ Berra answered.

    Bengals 27, Miami 17 was like that. How did the Bengals do? I dunno. You mean the fourth quarter, or the first three?

    Oh, they were very good in the fourth quarter. They scored 24 points, 14 on defensive touchdowns. They chased poor Ryan Tannehill up Vine Street to East McMillan. The Dolphins QB was less protected than a bald head in Palm Springs.

    Very early in the fourth, Miami lost left tackle Laremy Tunsil to a concussion. Tunsil, Miami’s top draft pick in 2016, was the best blocker on an already depleted offensive line.

    The Dolphins replaced him with a nine-year, career hole-filler named Sam Young, who for the ensuing 30 minutes looked like Sam Old. Young had never played left tackle in the league, only right tackle, and he was never a block of granite there. “We lost (Tunsil) and didn’t bounce back from that very well,’’ said Dolphins coach Adam Gase.

    Someone asked Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson what “adjustments’’ the defense made at halftime. Hmmm. Maybe, they waited for Laremy Tunsil to leave the game, then adjusted by creaming his replacement. “We got blood in the water and went after it,’’ Marvin Lewis said.

    First, Johnson nearly sacked Tannehill, then on the same play intercepted a pass Tannehill inexplicably attempted to… someone. The stats say it was to tight end Durham Smythe. We’ll go with that. The ball bounced off a piece of body armor and into Michael Johnson’s hands. He ran it 22 yards for a TD, his first since 2008 while a senior in college. That tied the game at 17.

    Then with 2:46 left and Cincinnati ahead 20-17 Tannehill, who by then wanted nothing more than to be left alone, had his throwing arm slapped by Carlos Dunlap. (Who, by the way, is making his All Pro case early this year.) The ball fell from Tannehill’s arm and into the clutches of Bengals rookie Sam Hubbard, who ran 19 yards for the TD. The Bengals had completely flipped the script and avoided a home loss to a team that was a laughable 3-1 at kickoff.

    As Lewis said, “It’s good to win a football game when you didn’t play your best.’’

    You referred earlier to the other three quarters.

    Yes. Put it this way: The Bengals left the field at halftime behind 14-0. They started the second half with an Andy Dalton option run for 2 yards, a completion to Joe Mixon for minus-2 yards and a sack of Dalton for minus-9.

    For two quarters, they seemed content to force-feed Mixon (10 carries, 19 yards) and ask Dalton to run around and make something happen. Nothing much did. The Dolphins shocked the Bengals with a 95-yard drive, then awed them with a 70-yard punt return touchdown. They blocked a Bengals field goal.

    Miami’s lead grew to 17-0 in the 3rd quarter, and the obituary writers cranked up their laptops. But Miami wasn’t good enough to win three of its first four games and, ultimately, it wasn’t good enough to hold a 17-point edge on the road.

    What those inside the Cincinnati locker room would like you to take from 4-1 is this: We are young and improving. We have conscientious, unselfish veterans who have experienced a little winning and want more.

    We have finally adopted Marvin Lewis’ plea to Keep Playing. We don’t think we are a fluke. You shouldn’t either.

    Trailing 17-3 early in the fourth quarter Sunday, Andy Dalton hit Joe Mixon for a momentum-shifting touchdown in a comeback win over the Miami Dolphins Adam Baum, abaum@enquirer.com

    There is merit to this. Dalton is playing like ’15, maybe better if intangibles are thrown in. Dunlap and Geno Atkins are a load. Atkins’ seeming ability to blow up a play on demand was on display Sunday.

    Michael Johnson has been here for most of it. I asked him why this team had a chance to be special. “Seasoned group,’’ he said. “Good mix, doing a good job of playing unselfish.’’

    With every winning week, a bit of the venerable local cynicism eases, even as the home crowds don’t reflect it. PBS had 13,000 empty seats Sunday. At least according to what was announced. It looked emptier.

    Pittsburgh next Sunday, at Kansas City after that. Notches on the belt, chisels scraping the cynicism. How did the Bengals do Sunday? Better than the other guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkansas Bengal View Post
    With every winning week, a bit of the venerable local cynicism eases, even as the home crowds don’t reflect it. PBS had 13,000 empty seats Sunday. At least according to what was announced. It looked emptier.[/url]
    I paused the action several times to comment on the Bengal fans disguised as missing seats. Stadium looked half empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOF View Post
    I paused the action several times to comment on the Bengal fans disguised as missing seats. Stadium looked half empty.

    I think ink it’s a trend league wide. Steelers had a lot of empty seats for their home opener against the Chiefs too.


    I imagine every non big market is having the issue.
    Last edited by Bengals1181; 10-08-2018 at 02:45 PM.

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    The heat at the game was pretty brutal yesterday. I was in the shade, drank 3 20oz bottles of water, and still felt light headed for a while in the 4th. There was no breeze to cool things down. I think a lot of people were getting out of the sun.

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