I think Tiger Woods always started with a positive, so the positive was we got in the red zone and scored twice tonight. Obviously, it was not a very good football game for us. First half to be down 21-0. Threw up a touchdown [in the] second series of the second half right after we get stopped on offense. We didn’t well play enough and they outplayed us. Our execution on offense, I thought did a good job and then we would just stall the drive out on third down. We got the ball to about midfield and stalled out.
Defensively, we gave up some plays where they got seven, eight, 13 yards. Crossing routes and things like that that hurt us today. On third downs in the first half we weren’t very good. They converted the three-or-four they had. They kept the drives alive when they had opportunities. Just disappointing in how we played. We’ll have to just look at it very hard and make corrections and move forward quickly.
DALLAS – After watching his proud defense get strafed for 134 yards on just 15 carries by Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott in Sunday’s 28-14 loss, nose tackle Domata Peko could only repeat what head coach Marvin Lewis told his team after they slipped to 2-3.
“Like Coach said, we have to look at ourselves in the mirror,” Peko said. “See if we can improve because next week it ain’t going to be easy. We know next week we’ve got hungry Tom Brady and cheap jerseys and Bill Belichick and we have to make our corrections. And we have to find a way to win.”
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The only time the Bengals won in Dallas was the year before Jerry Jones bought the club and fired the only coach the Cowboys ever had, Tom Landry. The Bengals were 2-2 against Landry until Nov. 20, 1988, when James Brooks outrushed Herschel Walker, 148-131, in the Bengals’ 38-24 victory at Texas Stadium. They went to the Super Bowl while the Cowboys finished 3-13.
The game comes eight years and five days to the day of the Bengals’ last game in Dallas, when current head coach Jason Garrett was the Cowboys offensive coordinator in the home team’s 31-22 victory. Current Cowboys TE Jason Witten had a four-yard TD catch from Tony Romo in a game best known for injured Bengals QB Carson Palmer’s last start of the 2008 season.
But season-long problems in the red zone and running game continued to plague the offense. After a third down Atkins-Michael Johnson sack of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill opened the second half (and made Miami 1-for-7 on third down) and continued the rebuilt Dolphins offensive line’s misery, Green went to work again after a 123-yard first half.
Green beat cover two when he strafed cornerback Tony Lippett off the line and raced down the left sideline and before Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones could get over there Dalton dropped a beauty over his shoulder for 43 yards. But when the Bengals had a first down at the Dolphins 2, they went backward when running back Jeremy Hill got wrapped up for no gain and then a two-yard loss and then on third down rookie wide receiver Tyler Boyd couldn’t haul in a pass at the goal line that looked to be tipped and that brought on Nugent for his fourth field goal to make 19-7 in the middle of the third quarter.
The Bengals will pick up the parking cost for the first 100 ticket holders that park at Town Center Garage at 1251 Central Parkway for the Denver Broncos game on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m. and the Miami Dolphins game on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8:25 p.m.
In addition to saving $10 on parking, the first 100 cars will also get up to four all-day Cincinnati Bell Connector passes courtesy of the city of Cincinnati. Passengers should board the streetcar at 12th and Race streets and depart at The Banks for the most direct route to Paul Brown Stadium.
“When you’re averaging 2.6 yards per rush and your longest carry is 10 yards, I can see why (offensive coordinator) Ken Zampese was apprehensive to run,” said Lapham.
The running attack was especially anemic on first down as the Bengals attempted eight running plays and gained 11 yards. That included first-and-goal at the one yard line when Jeremy Hill was tackled for a two yard loss.