The Washington Times - December 14, 2008, 08:27PM

Joe Reedy, who helped us out at Paul Brown Stadium today, sends in a few notes from the Bengals locker room:

In a season in which not much has gone right for the Cincinnati Bengals, one thing that has is Marvin Lewis‘ ability to get calls overturned on instant replay.


After going winning both challenges on Sunday, the former Washington and Baltimore defensive coordinator has been successful on three of four this season.

In the second half, Lewis had a Mike Sellers touchdown overturned and then won another challenge on the spot of a Redskins‘ ball during the fourth quarter.

“It’s a help at home but on [the Sellers play] they had already told me that [the coaches] felt like they had seen it upstairs,” Lewis said.

Every little thing

Chad Johnson made himself a favorite of the referees again.

Officials nailed nailed the reciever, who took the last name “Ocho Cinco” in the offseason, with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he handed the ball to Clinton Portis after being run out of bounds on a reception.

“I’m sure Chad looked up and was shocked that it was me and handed me the ball,” Portis said. “All of a sudden they got him for 15 yards. Like I said the referees are watching everything.”

The penalty didn’t end up hurting the Bengals, as Shayne Graham’s field goal at the end of the drive put them up by two scores late.

“It wasn’t going to cost us,” Johnson said. “I’ll always be able to make up for whatever happens.”