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Angel92 Dec 8

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After lighting up the scoreboard in the first half, the Bengals rolled over and gave the game up.

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After watching that emotional tailspin of a game, here’s what we learned:


Marvin Lewis should believe in halftime adjustments

The Bengals head coach, whose seat grows hotter each week, has often been criticized for his lack of halftime adjustments. So it’s no coincidence that the Bengals are dead last in second <a href="http://www.mmvisrl.com/jack-lambert-jersey-c-1_37.html">http://www.mmvisrl.com/...c-1_37.html</a>; half scoring in the NFL. In fact, with all of the analytics in sports nowadays, it’s quite remarkable that Lewis has never noticed this connection.


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Cincinnati scored 17 points to open the game, but let the Steelers walk down the field in the last 31 seconds of the first half, and that’s where things started going downhill. After falling behind 17-3, the Steelers would go on to outscore the Bengals 20-3 in the second half. That’s unacceptable. With the season on the line, the Bengals would do well to come back out of the locker room.


All the Bengals had to do was not screw up in the second half. But they gave Le’Veon Bell a free 33-yard reception. <a href="http://www.news4pal.com/martin-st-louis-jersey-c-1_29.html">Martin St. Louis Authentic Jersey</a> Then they gave him a free 35-yard touchdown. Couple this with the Bengals inability to <a href="http://www.authenticsteelersshop.com/...ll-jersey-c-2_8.html">http://www.authenticsteelersshop.com/...-c-2_8.html</a>; score in the final two quarters. Before you know it, the Bengals’ three-score lead had disappeared.


How hard is it to not blow a 17-point lead? The Bengals lead for nearly 45 minutes. The Steelers led for exactly zero seconds. How do you lose a game you were winning for three-fourths of it?

 

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