By Russ Owens
GREEN BAY (WAOW)- The Packers got a final minute win over the Chicago Bears a week ago, and got this close to another miracle win over the Bengals. But in the end, its Cincinnati pulling the shocker 31-24.
Says Cornerback Charles Woodson, "You know people have us rated pretty high early, Cincinnati didn't care about that did they? They came in, played their game, made plays when they needed to make them, drove up and down the field on us."
Says Linebacker AJ Hawk, "You know we're never gonna quit, we're gonna keep fighting. Special teams did a great job of recovering the onside kick but the offense ran out of time. As a defense, we didn't do what we needed to do to win this game."
Says Running Back Ryan Grant, "We shouldn't have even been in that situation to come down to one snap. You wanna put yourself in the best position to win the game and they did that, but we shouldn't have even been in that situation plain and simple, shouldn't have come down to that."
As you heard from Woodson and Hawk, the defense struggled allowing the Bengals to convert 64 percent on third down and the Packers gave up 141 rushing yards to Cedric Benson.
Says Defensive End Cullen Jenkins, "Our first focus is to stop the run and put them in long yardage situations and we didn't do that. Whenever you allow a team to shorten the sticks, they're gonna do whatever they wanna do to you and Cincinnati was definitely able to do what they wanted to do on us today."
Says Linebacker Aaron Kampman, "We were kinda up and down a lot and I think the mark of a great defense is consistency and we weren't very consistent today."
It wasn't just on defense though as the offense couldn't really get anything going. Aaron Rodgers has goes just 21 of 39 and is sacked six times, five by Antwan Odom, meanwhile Ryan Grant rushes for only 46 yards.
Says Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, "You know you gotta give Odom credit but I think we feel like we're better than that up front and personally."
Says Guard Daryn Colledge, "I should've performed better and let a lot of guys down tonight and that's a disappointment to me and a disappointment to the team."
Says Jason Spitz, "You know it's frustrating yes but like I said earlier, it's not time to panic."
Says Grant, "For him to see that much pressure the first two games is ridiculous and that needs to change right now."
Spoils a great day from corner Charles Woodson who makes ten tackles and picks off two passes returning one for a score. Seemed like the Bengals did just about everything right, and even Chad Ochocinco got to fulfill his promise of scoring and doing his Lambeau leap.
So I guess you can throw all the preseason success out the window. And now the Packers have a week to regroup before traveling to St. Louis next Sunday.
Online Reporter- Russ Owens