Bengals "don't know how to feel" after tie with Panthers
10/13/2014 11:30 AM
“I don’t know how to feel” was repeated over and over by players after the 37-37 tie with the Panthers on Sunday. Although, in the Bengals locker room it certainly felt like a loss. The Bengals are now 3-1-1 after Mike Nugent’s field goal went wide right in overtime letting time expire with the game tied.
Though Nugent will be blamed by many for the tie, he won’t hear that from his teammates. Just before Nugent faced the media after the game, Terence Newman sought out his kicker to console him. Many others acknowledge that the team made a lot of mistakes Sunday with Nugent’s miss being just one of many. It’s hard to place the blame on the kicker in a game where the defense gave up 37 points, Cam Newton was allowed to rush for 107 yards and the team committed 13 penalties for 119 yards. “When the coaches put you in position to win the game after everything we went through to come back, there’s no reason why we should not win the game right there. Period,” Adam Jones said.
An already beat up Bengals team also suffered multiple injuries in Sunday’s game. Jeremy Hill (bruised knee), Giovani Bernard (right shoulder), Vontaze Burfict (hit to the head), Emmanuel Lamur (left shoulder), Rey Maualuga (left hamstring) and Wallace Gilberry (facial cut) all left the game at some point with an injury, though all but two returned.
Despite a tie that felt more like a deflating loss, there were some bright spots for the Bengals on Sunday. Gio Bernard ran for an 89 yard touchdown in the second quarter to put Cincinnati up 14-7. It was the longest run of Bernard’s career, the 2nd longest in team history and the longest touchdown run in the NFL this season. Bernard rushed over 100 yards for the first time in his career, finishing with 18 rushes for 137 yards. It was also was the first time a Bengals’ ball carrier rushed for over 100 yards since BenJarvus Green-Ellis on Dec. 13, 2012.
Mohamed Sanu and Jermaine Gresham were both expected to step up in the absence of A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert. They each answered the call. Sanu set career highs finishing with 10 receptions on 14 targets and 120 receiving yards. Gresham caught all six of his targets for 68 yards.
Adam Jones also returned a kick 97 yards to give the Bengals a much-needed spark in the fourth quarter.
Next, the Bengals will head to Indianapolis to play the Colts. They’ll likely do so without their star receiver as A.J. Green told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman that he expects to miss Week 7 with his toe injury.
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