Brat deserves his due. I love to hate on Bratkowski but its hard to slight him on this one. He made all the right calls yesterday, all the right "new" calls. The Bengals offensive playcalling was entirely different this week. A few Carson rollouts, some play action, quick screens and slants. Everything we've been talking about for weeks. Glad to finally see it. It didn't hurt that Benson ran like a beast. The O-Line push was tremendous, but Benson did it all. When the middle was clogged he was outside, when he ran inside he punished the defense. Plus, the O-Line has been very underrated when it comes to the pass protection. They have done a solid job all year so far against some very good defenses.
The offense collectively deserved the game ball for this one (SEVEN STRAIGHT POINT SCORING DRIVES - WHO DEY), with one of their best performances since 2006, but the defense was no second fiddle. I don't know where Frostee Rucker came from all of a sudden, but not only was he effective on the outside, but he was a dominating pass rushing force in the middle yesterday. With the way Frostee played, Zimmer hardly blitzed, and there was still pressure all day long. Glad to see that, especially since it allowed Peko to heal on the sidelines during this one for the most part. Geathers was there and MIchael Johnson was mediocre (although the announcers confused him with Brandon Johnson who had a very respectable game). Dhani Jones might have played his best game yet in the orange and black as he snuffed out every screen pass. The secondary was on point with the Crocker and Leon picks (J-Joe should have had another one too).
The Bears looked entirely outmatched yesterday which sure was refreshing. This is the way it COULD be on most weeks. Two more division games before we reach a winnable stretch. Please Brat keep this momentum going. Keep the playcalling exciting and NEW. Keep the defense off the field. Keep on winning.