Officiating wasn't great. And I do think the Jags benefited from that. But these were pretty evenly matched teams as the stats would indicate.
Again to me the difference was coaching.
We had 3 things that had been problem before that were not fixed and they bit us in the butt again.
1. Turk has been terrible all year. There was no reason for him to be on the field. He should have been cut. Instead he had 3 punts under 35 yards (2 of them less then 30). And at the time we need a punt to really be boomed (end of game with Jags ahead and on their own 6 he unleashes a 22 yarder. Bengals take it in to go ahead. COACHING
2. Punt Returner - Mentioned in 2 other game recaps, our punt returner seems to make the wrong decision on every punt. He catches them inside the 10 to pin us back, but lets ball outside the 10 bounce and get downed inside the 10. And that's why we were on our 6 yard line. He let a ball bounce and it went out at the 2. He should have been replaced as punt returner. We have at least 2 other guys who have done it previously. COACHING
3. The infamous snap to nowhere. It was incredibly obvious last week that 2 minute offense was a MAJOR problem. (and had occurred in pre-season also). Last week the center wouldn't snap the ball (among other issues) and this week he shouldn't have. COACHING
4. And a new issue came up this week that showed Del Rios lack of knowledge. Last week it was his not knowing the clock would start after the review was over. This week he managed to blow the coin-toss.
If you remember at the beginning of the game, the announcers said the Bengals won the coin toss and elected to defer. That means the Jags would be able to choose to either get the ball to start the game or to choose a goal to defend. The Jags took the ball. That means the Bengals have the same choice to start the 2nd half. The could get the ball or get the wind at their back in the 4th. Probably because the game was tied, the Bengals elected to get the ball, and let the Jags have the favorable wind in the 4th. Except a funny thing happened on the way to the forum, the Jags chose to defend a goal that would have the significant wind in their face in the 4th quarter.. COACHING.
I'm ready now. Pull the trigger. Let him go tomorrow.