Bengals' boldness something to watch

Posted Dec. 30, 2012 @ 1:44 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

After the Bengals clinched a playoff berth with a victory at Pittsburgh on Dec. 23, head coach Marvin Lewis laughed as he noted that he had thanked his team “for bailing me out.” Indeed, Lewis’ aggressiveness was one of the notable aspects of the Bengals’ 13-10 victory. Lewis called for a 56-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, an attempt that fell short. Earlier, he elected to keep the offense on the field when the Bengals faced a 4th-and-22 from the Pittsburgh 33. That gamble failed, too. In the end, Lewis and the Bengals escaped, but Lewis’ confidence in his players wasn’t lost on anyone. The way we hear it, it’s very apparent that Lewis is willing to make assertive, calculated risks this season. The Bengals’ personnel could be a guiding factor. Cincinnati has a strong defense and a very good short-yardage rushing offense. What’s more, the Bengals believe in veteran PK Josh Brown, who has replaced the injured Mike Nugent. In short, some boldness from the Bengals in the postseason shouldn’t be a surprise.