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Finally! A WIN!

Posted on: November 3, 2008 10:21 am
Edited on: November 3, 2008 10:25 am

On a perfect November Sunday the Bengals FINALLY got their first win. After eight weeks of "Bungaling" the Bengals FINALLY came out on top with a 21-19 win over the Jaguars! It seemed this day would never come after the Bengals were embarrassed by the Texans 35-6. The Bengals came out and played with heart and emotion and fought their way to a victory. The crowd really helped the Bengals in this game. If you were judging the teams success on the fans and their attitude you would think the Bengals were a playoff contender. The city of Cincinnati was alive with tailgating and "Who-Dey" chants before the game. Hopefully, someday the Bengals will put together a product on the field worthy of their loyal fans. The fans of the Bengals deserve a winner!

The game started off much different than the previous eight. The Bengals actually came out and scored a touchdown in the first quarter. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Chad Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown pass to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead. The Bengals defense came out and played their best game of the season. They shut the Jaguars vaunted running attack down! They didn't let the Jags score a point in the first quarter. In the 2nd quarter the Bengals continued to move the ball and Fitzpatrick hooked up with Chad Johnson again for a 10-yard touchdown. The Bengals were up 14-0 and it seemed like they could actually win a game. The defense continued to play tough and held the Jaguars to 3 points in the first half. The Bengals went into the half with a 14-3 lead.

The Bengals came out and played determined football. They were able to run on the Jaguars. Cedric Benson had his first 100 yard game as a Bengal and he scored on a 7 yard touchdown run to extend the Bengals lead to 21-3. In the 4th quarter the Bengals had to make it interesting. The Jaguars were able to muster up a field goal to cut the lead to 21-6. On the ensuing kickoff Glenn Holt fumbled and the ball was recovered and returned 18 yards for a Jacksonville Touchdown. The score was 21-13 after the touchdown and it seemed the game was slipping away. The Jaguars made it really scary when they drove down the field and Maurice Jones-Drew scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and it cut the Bengals lead to 2. The Jaguars went for the 2-point conversion but the Bengals stopped the attempt and hung on to win 21-19.

D's Pivotal Play:

- Ryan Fitzpatrick's 2 yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson in the 1st quarter. The Bengals scored their first 1st quarter touchdown of the year and it set the tone for the game. The Bengals came out and played inspired football and got their first W in 2008.

The Good:

  1. The defense overall.
  2. The run defense!
  3. Cedric Benson.
  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick to Chad Johnson.
  5. The play of O-line.
  6. Pat Sims and Johnathan Joseph

The Bad:

  1. No 4th quarter points.

The Ugly:

  1. Glenn Holt's fumble.
  2. The Jaguars 16 pts in the 4th quarter.


Random Thoughts:

Even though the Bengals were 0-8 the fans have stayed loyal and continue to come out and support their team. The defense played very good. They have to continue to play Pat Sims. Have the Bengals finally found their DT's of the future in Peko and Sims? T.J. has taken over as leader of the Bengals. They have to re-sign T.J. They came out and played inspired football. Hopefully this win is something the Bengals can build on and focus on getting this young team ready for 2009'. The defense played its best game in a long time. Have the Bengals seen enough from Cedric Benson to lock him up long term? He only signed a 1-year deal. I have to think Benson could be the answer at RB. I think they should sign him so they can concentrate on other areas in the draft.



Category: NFL
Tags: Bengals, Jaguars

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2008 6:44 pm

Finally! A WIN!

I am looking at the schedule for the rest of the season and trying to figure out which games may be winnable. Week 11: Philadelphia possibly Week 12: @Pittsburgh doubtful Week 13: Baltimore Yes Week 14: @Indianapolis Let's see how the Colts play Week 15: Washington Doubtful Week 16: @Cleveland Yes Week 17: Kansas City Yes I see 3 games that are definitely winnable and another 1 or 2 that could be. I just hope that Fitzpatrick to Johnson/Ocho Cinco or Benson last week wasn't a fluke. If it was, it's going to be a long second half. Go Bengals

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2008 10:25 am

Finally! A WIN!

I was worried their only chance to win was week 17 vs. KC, so I'm glad they got the W out of the way.  No I hope they continue playing together and play spoilers the rest of the season.  It would be nice to get a couple more W's, especially against AFC north rivals.  I'm also quite interested to see if there is in fact a developing chemistry between Fitzpatrick and Chad.  Here's hoping this game was a sign of things to come.

Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 2:04 pm

Finally! A WIN!

I'm intrigued to see where the team goes from this.  Hopefully, they will continue to play like a team and bring their A games the rest of the season.  They definitely need to learn to close out a game though.  This was way too close for comfort, and the defense essentially fell apart in the second half of the game.  This season could easily be much different if we had finished out a couple of the other games this season, namely the ones against the Cowboys and Giants.  We'd all be whistling a different tune if that were the case.

I am also intrigued to see if Cedric Benson showed us what he is capable of or whether it was just a flash in the pan against a defense that is falling apart at the seams.  Only time will tell, but it would certainly help us if we had a reliable RB going into next year.  That would be one less valuable draft pick that we have to use.

I also hope that Ryan Fitzpatrick can continue to throw the ball well and that Chad Johnson can continue to catch it. 

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2008 1:29 pm

Finally! A WIN!

Thanks guys!

I am not sure what happend. I think because the media said they gave up and quit last week the Bengals played for pride. I think the young guys are starting to make a difference on defense. It seemed Pat Sims and Domata Peko were really making it hard on the Jags running game. They weren't missing tackles in the secondary. The were actually getting pass pressure on the Jags. If Holt doesn't fumble the kickoff I think the Bengals win easy. But hey a win is a win and they are off the 0-16 watch. The O-line played much better also!

Iggy, I agree they finally win and now they have the bye week. At least we have 2 weeks to enjoy the W though. The air seems cleaner, the water tastes better, the beer goes down easier, the food taste better and I am in a much better mood all week after a win. I guess you appreciate the Wins more when they are so few and far between...


Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 12:57 pm

Finally! A WIN!

Well done, Dknow -

Looks like other than passing yards (which is to be expected when Jacksonville's down 18 in the 4th quarter) and turnovers they  pretty much dominated this one, huh? Nice showing by Benson and Fitzpatrick, and a long-awaited Och-Cinco sighting! Good win for CIncinnati to put the Jags deep in the hole for a playoff bid.

What changed this week? With Detroit next on the schedule, it wasn't like Jacksonville was looking past them. And for the most part the Jags are healthy, they were just outplayed plain and simple.

Good win, nice postgame wrap-up.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2008 12:56 pm

Finally! A WIN!

DKnow -- great read, my fellow fan of those fallible felines!

Yesterday was a breath of fresh air in a so far stench-ridden season. But for the breakdown in the fourth quarter, and some notable flubs during the game -- the missed pass to Ocho flashing down the field being the most egregious -- the Bengals actually looked like they could pass themselves off as a professional team.

Based on how they played, I'm actually disappointed the team is going into their bye week. Momentum is a tough thing to find, and taking a week off doesn't help with continuity, especially with the Bengals having to face a strong Eagles team when they come back. At least that game will be at Paul Brown Stadium. I'm already eagerly anticipating what the line will be. But, hey, the Jags were favored by a touchdown+!


Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 10:36 am

Finally! A WIN!

It's funny how winning changes everything for a team and its fans. A week ago, some Bengals fans I've spoken to predicted a win-less season. I'm sure the mood is much lighter in Cincinnati now!

Cedric Benson seemed to have a good game against Jacksonville. If he can continue to play at that level, the Bengals may have stolen a great runner.

This team is more talented than the record leads on. When I look at them on paper, I don't see a reason for the struggles. Sure Carson Palmer was a huge loss, but the rest of the team stayed in tact and such a collapse really caught me by surprise. While I'm not ready to predict an 8-8 season, the Bengals may surprise another team or two down the stretch.

Here's to a 2009 filled with great football for both teams!


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