Upon Further Review: Bengals

December, 10, 2012
12/10/12
6:31
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Revisiting the Cincinnati Bengals' 20-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium:

A lot of the focus has been on A.J. Green's uncharacteristic drop that would've resulted in a touchdown and put the Bengals up by 10 points in the third quarter.

"I’m not going to beat myself up about it, but I’ve got to do better," Green said after the game. "At this time of year, with us fighting for the playoffs, I’ve got to be getting better every week.”


It was that type of a day for Green, who finished with three catches for 44 yards receiving (his second-fewest of the season). Green had produced at least 85 yards receiving in his past five games.

What the Cowboys did well against Green was stopping him from going deep. Green failed to catch a pass on any of his four targets at least 15 yards downfield Sunday, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He had caught 46.3 percent of his targets and ranked in the top five in receiving yards and touchdowns on such throws entering the game.

STAT THAT STICKS: 118 -- Yards allowed by the Bengals defense on the final two drives, which resulted in the fourth-quarter collapse. Cincinnati had given up 170 yards on the first eight drives of the game.

OVERHEARD: "We were good enough to win this football game [Sunday] and we didn't. It's disappointing to lose a game that you have in hand and then lose in the last two drives." -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on failing to hold onto a nine-point fourth-quarter lead.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Bengals (7-6) play at the Eagles (4-9) on Thursday night. Cincinnati is 4-2 on the road this season.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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