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What Bengals Said After Ravens' Win


Head Coach Marvin Lewis

(opening statement)
"I'm disappointed for our guys. They fought their tails off in a football game where, for some reason, we allowed the first score. Then, we get the field position, play-in, and end up with a field goal and 10 points. We fought back in the football game and had opportunities. We got the turnover defensively and then end up with a mistake on the snap and not being able to field it. That's a huge error in the football game to not get points. But, again, I thought we settled down and moved the ball when we needed to. Not consistent enough. The third downs in the first half, particularly, were a huge difference. Their drives they scored on, they converted two third downs – one on each drive. And that was the biggest difference in the first touchdown drive and later when they got the long field goal."

(on the pressure on Andy Dalton)
"We got a couple of balls tipped back at us, and we tipped a couple of balls on the other side. That seemed to be a little bit of the flavor. Some of it was the design where the play was going – the release point. So, we'll look at it and see what the issue was. We don't want to have a fumble there at the end. He's moved up in the pocket, and they were just able to get a hand on the ball. That wasn't necessarily as much pressure as him stepping up in the pocket to make the throw. And he [Elvis Dumervil] was able to get a hand on it and knock it loose from him."

(on missing some players due to injury)
"That's got nothing to do with today. Today was this group, this football team, and we failed to get it done."

(on declining a penalty to give Justin Tucker a 57-yard kick)
"Yes, I'm going to make him try it from 57 yards. Obviously, you can answer that question."

(on Tucker not missing all year)
"Well, so my point is, it's still a 57-yard kick that barely gets across."

QB Andy Dalton

(on missing some weapons from the offense)
"It's like they say, 'Next man up.' Of course, we would have loved to have had those guys out there, but we played hard and had some chances to win."

(on the decisive sack and fumble)
"He [Dumervil] got around the edge. I tried to step up, but he reached out and knocked the ball out of my hand. That was really a disappointing way for the game to end for us."

(on the offense's performance)
"I thought we moved the ball really well, especially in the fourth quarter. On one drive, we even picked up a big fourth down. This was a typical Bengals game against Baltimore. It always seems to come down to the final minutes, and both teams have a chance to win. We have to find a way to win one game. That's all. That's our goal now."

(on all the passes that the Ravens knocked down at the line of scrimmage)
"They did a great job tipping passes at the line of scrimmage, especially toward the end. They probably weren't rushing very hard so they put their hands up, and it worked."

(on what it's like to be playing against a kicker like Tucker)
"He's a really good kicker. Everyone knows it. And he made some long ones today. He did a really good job for them."

HB Jeremy Hill

(on the Bengals' performance against the No. 1 rushing defense in the NFL)
"We know how to do our jobs. We just need to execute better – especially in the running game. We've been working hard all year, and we will keep working hard. We have to stop settling for field goals when we get in to the red zone."

LB Rey Maualuga

(on the defense's play)
"We'll have some things to fix during the week. We knew that they are a good offense, and we had to come in and stop them early. Obviously, they drove down the field on the first possession and scored. But, for the most part, hats off to their kicker. He was kicking 50-plus-yard field goals. He did a good job at that. We held their offense out of the end zone in the second half. We're just trying to find more sparks and more turnovers, but I thought we did a good job. The scoreboard didn't end in our favor."

(on his interception)
"I happened to be at the right place at the right time. It fell in my hands. There wasn't much I could do with it, but we got off the field. All we can do is put it in our offense's hands to score some points off of it. Obviously, [the Ravens defense] got that fumble and got the ball back themselves."

(on Tucker)
"Certain kickers can't do what he does. Sometimes, when it's a 40-plus-yard field goal, teams end up just punting the ball. You do a good job on defense and the ball is left in his hands. It's more like an automatic three."

DE Carlos Dunlap

(on the defense's play)
"I think the Bengals lost the football game. I didn't make a game-changing play, but we've got a lot of issues. We're not playing good enough to win. We all wear the same logo."

(on limiting the Ravens to field goals after the first drive)
"We made our adjustments, and we did what we had to do, but they have an amazing kicker. I've never seen something like that. We hold them to the 40 [yard line], and they're in field-goal range? That's real. Three points is a positive for a defense, keeping them out of the end zone, but we've got to make plays to win the game. We stopped the bleeding, but didn't make them bleed."

CB Dre Kirkpatrick

(on taking away the long ball)
"He just didn't throw the deep ball. A couple times the deep ball was there, but he didn't throw it. You have to give credit to Adam [Jones] on the outside and our safeties."

(on the battle with Steve Smith)
"'89' said I was trash. If I'm trash, what did he do today? [Expletive], clean that up. Who was trash today? He said what he had to say last year. I just wanted to let him know, am I trash now? '89' looked to trash me, but he didn't do anything."

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