Locker Room Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Observed in the locker room after the Cincinnati Bengals' 27-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills:

They'll take it: In Marvin Lewis' eyes, a win is a win. But the Bengals' coach admitted just after Mike Nugent's winning 43-yard field goal that he wished his team would start claiming its W's slightly differently. Cincinnati saw a 14-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate as Buffalo tied the game by the end of regulation. "You hate to have to do it this way, but that's what we're stuck doing right now," Lewis said. "We'll just keep coaching hard and try to prevent this."

Michigan man's O-H-I-O: How about this for brotherhood? Just before the field goal by Nugent, an Ohio State product, fellow Bengals and Michigan product Leon Hall yelled to Nugent, "O-H ..." Nugent's response, according to Hall: "I-O." The spelling of the state's name is an iconic Ohio State tradition. Michigan, of course, is Ohio State's rival. Hall said "O-H" again in the locker room, but Nugent didn't respond.

Respecting Thad: Bengals defensive end and former Georgia Tech standout Michael Johnson said he warned his teammates to respect Bills quarterback Thad Lewis, who was signed off the practice squad. He faced Lewis, who went to Duke, three times in college. "Thad's a good player. ... I'm sure when he gets his opportunities, he's going to take advantage of them."