Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah didn’t pull any punches when he appeared on Good Morning Football recently - a win against the Green Bay Packers Sunday would put the Bengals on the map.
“We get this win, and we put the league on notice that we’re here,” Uzomah said.
Even though Cincinnati dropped a heartbreaking 25-22 decision to the Packers in overtime, the point was made.
“It’s not the same old Bengals everybody expected to roll over,” said Packers’ wide receiver Davante Adams after the game. “The Bengals are a good team.”
Not only did the Bengals not roll over, they had a couple of chances to win this one. Rookie kicker Evan McPherson just missed a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation when his 57-yard attempted clanged off of the right upright.
McPherson got another chance to win it in overtime, but this time his 49-yard attempt bounced off the left upright. The miss left the Packers with good field position, and Aaron Rodgers guided them on a 29-yard drive that resulted in the winning field goal.
“We expected to win this game going into it,” head coach Zac Taylor stressed after the game. “We didn’t need a moral victory to show us that we’re capable of beating great teams in this league.”
The Bengals will get a lot more opportunities to prove that before the season is over.