Looking back at the Cincinnati Bengals' 30-20 win at the Jacksonville Jaguars:
Let me introduce you to the Cardiac Cats.
This year's young Bengals team is one victory from matching last year's win total, but Cincinnati has already proved something -- it has a flair for the dramatic. All three of Cincinnati's wins have come when the Bengals have trailed in the fourth quarter, including late rallies in the past two games.
In Sunday's 30-20 win, the Bengals looked like the old Bungles at times, missing an extra point and failing to cover a wide receiver on a 74-yard touchdown. But down 20-16, Cincinnati converted a fourth-and-6 late in the fourth quarter, which led to Bernard Scott's game-winning 2-yard touchdown run.
“It’s the NFL," linebacker Thomas Howard told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "You have to win it in the fourth quarter a lot of the times.”
Here's a look at the fourth-quarter comebacks:
- At Cleveland in Week 1, the Bengals overcame a four-point deficit (17-13) with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Bruce Gradkowski to A.J. Green with 4:28 remaining.
- Against Buffalo in Week 4, Cincinnati rallied from a 14-point halftime hole and broke a 20-20 tie with Mike Nugent's 43-yard field goal as time expired.
- At Jacksonville in Week 5, the Bengals came back from four points down (20-16) with Scott's 2-yard run on third-and-goal with 1:56 left in the game.
The Bengals have outscored teams 53-27 in the fourth quarter this season.
STAT THAT STICKS: 5 -- Number of plays ran by the Jaguars inside the Cincinnati 6-yard line. None resulted in touchdowns.
OVERHEARD: "I think what worked to our advantage is that a lot of people don't respect us. They don't think we are as good as we think we are." Bengals safety Chris Crocker on being the underdog.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Bengals (3-2) play host to the Indianapolis Colts (0-5), who are one of three winless teams left this season. The Colts have the 30th-ranked offense and the 25th-ranked defense.
By Jamison Hensley
Sound familiar? The Bengals have now officially transcended from their infamous Bungle title to the nickname that drove Cincinnati to the playoffs in 2009; The Cardiac Cats. The Cardiac Cats have won all three of their games in come from behind style, partly thanks to more aggressive and stout defence in the 2nd half. Dalton is learning the best way possible. The more he leads this young squad down the field in the fourth quarter from behind the better this team is going to be this year and many years to come. I'm very excited to see this team rally in the fourth quarter and hope that they can keep their act together throughout the season.