Bend but don’t break defense
The Cardinals defense allowed a lot of yards once again. They let the Bengals hang around at the end of the game after the offense had taken a 23-9 lead with 7 minutes left.
They also allowed the Bengals to run down the field on their first drive of the game. But the Cardinals only allowed the Bengals to get a field goal when it seemed a touchdown was inevitable. Bengals running back Joe Mixon was allowed to take it down their throats early, however the Cardinals adjusted.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had the Bengals on the move in the 3rd quarter. He got them to a 4th and 1 and the Bengals decided the ball was moving well enough at their own 42-yard line to go for it.
The Cardinals looked like a team insulted and stopped Dalton on a quarterback run. He was stopped for no gain and the Cardinals took over in Bengals territory.