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Game vs. Bengals: QB Donovan McNabb

What happened out there today?"When you go through the course of a game, it's important on our side of the ball to be consistent and eliminate turnovers and put ourselves in position to score. Today I just didn't do it. I was being careless with the ball and trying to be aggressive and it lead to turnovers. I thought our defense did a great job. They limited them to field goals. Offensively, we need to score touchdowns, and do it the right way."

Can you pinpoint why the offense has struggled in the past four games and how much does that weigh on you? "Its no weight on me at all actually. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. In this game, you're going to go through some dry times. And unfortunately, that's what we did this game. We weren't able to sustain some drives. When you have turnovers, it limits your opportunities to win games. But I don't think it's something that you need to focus on. Sometimes it's going to happen. You need to have a short-term memory, and move on to the next play."

How do you feel about losing to a 1-8 team? "I said during the week, just watching film on them, you couldn't tell they were 1-8, especially their defense. They play hard. They read their keys, and they do a great job with what's given to them. We didn't come into this game thinking this is a 1-8 team, that they were pitiful, and that we could score a lot of points. We still feel confident in what we can do. It just didn't happen tonight."

How big of an opportunity gone by is this? "Every opportunity that you have, you have to take full advantage of. And when you don't, you have to be able to move on and obviously take advantage of the next opportunity. There's 16 opportunities. There's no way we can sit back and say, 'We don't have to worry about this week.' Every game is important. And we have to be able to move on and treat it as such."

Are you confident your offense can turn around their recent struggles, and, if so, what makes you feel that confidence? "You have to. (You can't) sit back and try to move different things or try to wait and see. We've just got to get it done now. I have confidence that it can get done. But again, we have to able to do it out on the field."

How do you feel after a tie? "I've never been a part of a tie. I never even knew that was in the rule book. It's part of the rules, and we have to go with it. I was looking forward to getting the opportunity to get out there and try to drive to win the game. But unfortunately, with the rules, we settled with a tie."

Did you not know the game was over at the end of overtime? "When the game was called, I kind of figured, 'There's ties in the NFL.'"

You seriously didn't know there are ties in the NFL? "No, I didn't know that."

Several other players in the locker room mentioned they were surprised the game wasn't going into a second overtime. Is that something the players need to be aware of? "I guess we're aware of it now. In college, there are multiple overtimes, and in high school and Pop Warner. I never knew in the professional ranks it would end that way. I hate to see what would happen in the Super Bowl and in the playoffs."

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