» The 34-3 loss was Cincinnati's worst-ever preseason-opening loss by margin (31 points).
» Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on the offense:
"Obviously scoring three points and having 110 yards in a half isn't good enough."
» Gruden on quarterback
"He didn't have a chance on a couple of plays. It wasn't a total debacle. On that last drive he found his rhythm and he showed his poise. He has to get better. We all have to get better. But there were things in his last drive that he can build on."
» Gruden said Dalton's interception on his first pass attempt was caused by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh applying pressure up the middle.
» Dalton on his performance:
"It's not the kind of day I wanted to have. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth for the offense not to score a touchdown. I'm not used to that. I guess that's what the preseason is for, to fix the mistakes. We played phyisical enough up front but there is a lot we need to improve on. Everybody took turns making mental mistakes."
» Running back
» Benson on the loss:
"With the positive running plays there is a glimmer (of hope) but it's still pretty dark. We've got a long way to go."
» Rookie wide receiver
» Green on Dalton's interception that was intended for him:
"Andy wasn't able to get his feet set."
"I lost it in the light at first and then I didn’t see until the last minute (that it was) all the way inside.”
» Gruden said the Bengals finished the game with only one wide receiver available and played with just two or three receivers in the fourth quarter. The only receiver left at the end was
» Head coach Marvin Lewis said rookie linebacker
» Defensive end
» Defensive tackle
"It was definitely surprising. It was embarrassing, but we have to go back to the film. The film will tell us what to do. Coach Zimmer told us he would fix it. It was a crazy first quarter there with all the turnovers but we've got to go back to the drawing board and get this right. We'll get it fixed. Thank God this wasn't the first game of the regular season."
» All four Lions quarterbacks led scoring drives.