Losing to the Cleveland Browns during week 4 did not sit well with the Cincinnati Bengals. First losing to the Browns is
unacceptable, the battle of Ohio is rather important. Second they are the Browns the inferior little brother to every team in the AFC North, losing to them is completely out of the question. This week though Cincinnati got their revenge in the form of a 41-20 loss.
After giving up 13 unanswered points and being shut out in the first quarter Bengals fans began to lose their collective minds. A team with Jason Campbell at quarter back was mind blowing. At the same time though the struggle of Andy Dalton surprised no fans, just look at twitter.
The Bengals lack of offense sand lack of scoring would change in the second quarter as the Bengals would score a team record 31 points in one quarter.
A 31 point influx was sparked by a 25 yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to tightened Jermaine Gresham. Trailing 13-7 now the Bengals looked to have some life. A quick score 3 minutes later from Dalton to Sanu for 6 yards gave the Bengals the lead, a surprising turn around considering the Bengals offensive struggles.
Towards the end of the half things got a little crazy. Tony Dye returned a blocked put 24 yards for a touchdown pushing the Bengals lead to 21-13. Following that defensive touchdown line backer Vontaze Burfict forced a fumble and recovered it perfectly to return it for a 13 yard touch touchdown, running up the tunnel after scoring. To that Ohio State Trooper, we saw you taking a swing at Burfict’s butt. With a 28-13 lead now the Bengals looked set to head into halftime with a decent lead, that was until they got the ball back allowing Mike Nugent to kick a 41 yard field goal pushing the score to 31-13 giving the Bengals a new team record for most points scored in a quarter.
Coming out of the half the Browns were deflated and the Bengals knew they could coast from there. The Browns would score in the third quarter off a 74 yard pass from Jason Campbell to Josh Gordon. Cincinnati would answer in the fourth quarter with a touch down from Dalto to Alex Smith and another Nugent field goal giving the Bengals the win and a final score of 41-20.
Cincinnati struggled offensively Sunday regardless of the score. 224 total yards, 118 passing yards is nothing to be proud of. Andy Daltons struggles are real, 13/27 93 yards, 3 TD, 2INT on Sunday is rather awful. That is a 3.4 yard average, as a quarterback. Everyone says something needs to change and it may but sitting at 7-4 leading the division the Bengals are playing well.
Thankfully Cincinnati has a very good defense who came up huge for them yesterday. Led by Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey who accounted for 27 tackles combined. Cincinnati also recorded 4 sacks yesterday as well as 3 interceptions. Cincinnati picked apart Cleveland in the final 3 quarters.
Cincinnati has a bye game next week, much needed to allow everyone to heal up. They return to the field December 1st in San Diego (4:25pm ET).