The Cincinnati Bengals played good enough to win Sunday, but mistakes and dumb penalties doomed them vs the Chicago Bears in a game they lost by a mere three points.
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick drew a critical 15-yard penalty for a personal foul that set up Chicago’s 58-yard field goal to close the first-half.
The worst offense though effectively iced the game. With the Bears set to punt the ball with 1:06 to go, middle linebacker Rey Maualuga, who was voted a team captain last season, threw a Bears player to the ground, drawing a penalty that let Chicago run out the clock.
While both offenses were costly concerning the outcome of the game, neither was egregious enough to cost them any game-checks:
Kirkpatrick and Maualuga not fined for their penalties during the Bears game
— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) September 13, 2013
Both Kirkpatrick and Maualuga exchanged words and pushes with a defender, letting it escalate until they were penalized. Alas, those are tow key players who need to show better composure if they want to help lead the Bengals to a playoff victory for the first time in two decades.