Most Monday’s people are talking about how poorly prepared Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was during a loss the day before. That’s not the case today, as the Bengals coach came through along with new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden with a play call to rookie A.J. Green that won them the game.
The call of course was the long touchdown pass that some Browns felt was an illegal play due to the fact it came on a quick count. “The play was designed to catch them napping, and we caught them napping,” said Bengals running back Cedric Benson.
Green ran right past CB Joe Haden, who as of that point had covered him pretty much like a blanket and even had frustrated him all day. In the end though, it was Green who had a football in his locker that he said would go in his new trophy room in his house.
Also credit the Bengals defense, who kept the pressure on Browns QB Colt McCoy in the rain, and didn’t allow the Browns to get a first down on what turned out to be their final meaningful drive of the game.
“We had a situation where they made a big play on us,” said Browns coach Pat Shurmur. “Once that happens, the game’s not over. You’ve got to put yourself in position where you go down the field, you score and you win it.”
Now the Bengals can look with promise at a 2011 season that many felt was going to be nothing more than an afterthought with a ton of off field changes. Maybe the season will still end up as one of transition, but at least for one day, the Cats can hold their heads high with a heads up win in Cleveland.