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 defense overall.
- The run defense!
- Cedric Benson.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick to Chad Johnson.
- The play of O-line.
- Pat Sims and Johnathan Joseph
- No 4th quarter points.
- Glenn Holt's fumble.
- The Jaguars 16 pts in the 4th quarter.
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.