The Cincinnati Bengals were victorious yesterday beating the Cleveland Browns 31-17 in Paul Brown Stadium. The game was close but the Bengals got big plays when they needed it and the team got a much needed home victory against a divisional foe.
The Bengals won and managed to rack up their highest score of this season and the highest total yardage since 1990 with 559 yards. The team got the rushing game back on track lead by Jeremy Hill with a 74 yard touchdown and a total of 168 yards.
A.J Green had another monster game with eight catches for 169 yards. With the score in the Bengals favor at 14-10 at the close of the half, Dalton threw a hail-mary in the endozone and Green made an amazing catch. This was a backbreaker for the Browns whose defense never recovered.
UGA alumni A.J. Green made an unbelievable catch yesterday at half-time, he will go down as one of the greatest all-time. ????????pic.twitter.com/7dlmYtZX5b
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) October 24, 2016
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The Bengals won but my scepticism about the defense stopping the run has grown. The Browns recently signed practice squad quarterback Kevin Hogan who ran for 104 yards on seven carries and a 28 yard touchdown. Hogan was in after the Browns sixth starting quarterback Cody Kessler was ruled out with a concussion in that he sustained in the second quarter.
I had been sure that the Bengals defense would need to stop the run to get a victory on Sunday. The defense had been mediocre at doing this all year and it has been the one thing the Browns have done right all season. I was afraid Crowell would have a good game but the fact that a practice squad player did is a bit troubling. The defense was good against the pass and that is a plus but when teams can run against the Bengals it will keep the high powered offense off of the field.
Another area of concern was Mike Nugent. He missed two field goals one from 45 yards and another from 40. He had missed two during preseason that were makeable and in the NFL teams who expect to make a push in the playoffs need to make attempts under 50 consistently.
The good news for the Bengals is they were the only winners in the division yesterday.
They are now tied with a struggling Ravens team at 3-4 and are one game behind the Steelers who are without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Bengals have the Redskins at home next week and then they have their bye week before travelling to London to play the Giants. By then I expect this team to be at the top of the AFC North.