So as some of you may know, I thought the Bengals had the best shot outside the Pats of beating the Broncos, and thought the Bengals would beat HOU.
1. Dalton is looking like he's destined to be the next Flacco/Sanchez/Schaub if he is not already. Just looks like he is playing scared.
RESPONSE: Flacco is better than any in the group you mention. Schaub isn't that bad. Sanchez had absolutely nothing around him this season...no weapons, and poor coaching. His career might be salvaged, if he gets with the right team. Dalton stinks. Count the Bengals amongst the teams that need a QB.
2. Same thing with the play calling. Marvin Lewis is 0-3 in the playoffs, first loss I will discount because they lost their starting QB early, but the other two they lost with overly conservative game plans. My bad, I thought Marvin Lewis would learn from his mistakes and stretch this thin HOU secondary.
RESPONSE: Though I incorrectly picked the Bengals to cover the 4.5 point spread, I did point out in my analysis that I didn't have much faith in Dalton and Marvin Lewis. Today, you saw why. Can somebody tell me why Bengals' OC, Jay Gruden, is a candidate to become a head coach? Is this simply a case of name recognition? If the Bengals had a coherent offensive game plan today, I didn't see it.
3. I still think that Bengals defense is pretty good. They did a good job for the most part containing that HOU offense. But when a D is on the field for 40 minutes because the QB can't throw a pass for over 10 yards, you're going to get tired.
RESPONSE: The Bengals "D" is solid. But, a championship caliber team needs an offense, too. The Bengals offense was outscored by their defense, 7-6. This was a game that Cincinnati could have, and would have won...had they had a decent QB.
Unfortunately for the Bengals, they made the post season, so the owner will probably retain that coaching staff for another year.
RESPONSE: Marvin Lewis kind of reminds me of Tony Dungy. Though his players like him, he's not that great of a coach. Unlike Dungy, Lewis doesn't have Peyton Manning to run his offense. Job one for the Bengals is to find a QB.
Boom. I was wrong with my Bengals prediction. Hate watching these scared teams.
RESPONSE: I don't think that the Bengals were "scared". It's just very hard to win in the NFL without a competent QB.