After suffering such a deflating loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, losing a nine-point lead with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Cincinnati Bengals have one escape from such a defeat that many teams struggle to recover from.
The next game.
But not just any next game. The Bengals have a short week this week, facing the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football. The schedule kicks off early with a 5:00 PM practice on Monday this week, an hour after the Marvin Lewis press conference. Cincinnati will practice Tuesday morning and then travel to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
If the Bengals needed a week to quickly forget the previous game, it was this one. Rey Maualuga, per Geoff Hobson at Bengals.com:
"I guess the good thing about this is it's a short week and we do have a chance to erase this game and have a solid game against the Eagles, then we'll start worrying about our next two after that. … (The Steelers) lost, too, so we've still got a chance. When that time comes Thursday, we just have to go and get it."
Since the NFL Network began airing Thursday Night Football in 2006, the Bengals have gone 1-2 on Thursday Nights; also lost a Saturday Night game to the 49ers (2007) using the Thursday Night Football brand, so 1-3 based on your technicalities. The Bengals beat the Ravens 13-7 in 2006, then loss to the Steelers (2008) and Jets (Thanksgiving in 2010).