The Bengals' sprint to the finish Sunday against the Chiefs after being up 14-12 at halftime allowed them to remain unbeaten at 4-0 for their third best start in franchise history and in first place by two games ahead of the Steelers in the AFC North.
"I felt really good about the finish of the football game," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "I thought in the second half, we were able to get things going offensively, and put points on the board."
Being a coach, Lewis had some cavils about the otherwise top-flight Bengals effort.
"Defensively, we gave up some chunk type plays. We need to do a better job there, but we played well in the red zone and kept them from scoring touchdowns," the coach said. "That was obviously a big part of the game. We are pleased with that, and now we make the corrections and move on.”
The coach added that, "you want to play better, but you have to stop them on third down and that prevents yardage. We had some third downs that we allowed them to convert, and we have to do a better job of that.”
Lewis suggested that his team has circled the wagons in a positive way as a cloistering mechanism to help keep things real in the locker room. A few Bengals were quoted in the postgame saying they don’t listen to anything outside the locker room.
Lewis was asked if the team's veteran presence was a factor, and said: “It has been old hat for them, so there really is no worry. They know that there is a lot of football ahead, and four games doesn’t get you anything.”
The coach tipped his hat to the big-play offense for putting 15 points on the board in the third quarter and fueling the pull away against Kansas City
“Obviously, it was a big factor for us offensively. We overcame ourselves a few times with penalties, and made first downs, which was big," said Lewis. "We had that one stint in the third quarter where we fooled ourselves a little bit. But other than that, I thought we did a good job. Like you said, with different guys making those plays. (Tyler) Eifert had a play, (Mohammed) Sanu had a play, Rex (Burkhead) had a play, A.J (Green) had a play. They all had a hand at different times in the game, not only getting us first downs, but flipping the field position.”