Cincinnati Bengals head coach praised his team's effort and attention to detail, following his team's 27-10 win over the favored New Orleans Saints.
"There’s no doubt I am proud of our effort today," said Lewis after the game. "I’m proud of our execution and our preparation leading up to the game this week. We came out here ready to play and it showed up out there on the field today. Most important, I’m proud of our attention to detail out there today, and that was big. It was a good day for us. Now we've got to pack up and look forward to next week and let’s get ready to do it again."
Offensively, the Bengals converted nine of 13 third down opportunities (69 percent). The running game averaged 5.2 yard/rush, lead by Jeremy Hill's 152 yards rushing on 27 carries. Quarterback Andy Dalton had a career-game in terms of passer rating (143.9), wasn't sacked and didn't turn the football over. So apply the benefits provided by Cincinnati's offensive line to both measures.
Even the defense, which played bend-but-don't-break, only allowed 10 points -- according to WLWT that was the lowest points scored by the Saints since '06. Additionally, the defense missed only four tackles (compared to 13 last week against the Browns), and generated 15 total pressures on quarterback Drew Brees.
"We've got to seize the moment and keep doing it," said Lewis. "At this point in the year, this was the football we were going to have to play. Regardless of what happened in the past, we don't get anything for it. We've got to move forward."