Bengals Clinch AFC North, Looking for More

The Cincinnati Bengals clinched the AFC North with a 42-14 romp over the Minnesota Vikings. QB Andy Dalton threw for 366 yards and 4 TD’s. The win paired with a Baltimore Ravens loss, gave the Bengals their third division title in nine years. Cincinnati has a home playoff game, but is currently the third seed in the AFC. The top two seeds receive a first-round bye. The Bengals, 10-5, play host to the Ravens in the regular season finale Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. New England plays host to Buffalo. If New England loses, and the Bengals win, the no.2 seed will go the Bengals.

 

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Bengals Bolt Chargers

Cincinnati defeated San Diego 17-10, Sunday afternoon. The Bengals were able to score touchdowns on a rushing TD and a passing TD. Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 1 TD and 1 INT, as well as 190 yards passing. Bengals WR AJ Green had 5 catches for 83 yards including a TD. Cincinnati RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis one rushing TD, and 90 yards rushing. The Chargers had three turnovers, while the Bengals had two. Cincinnati improves to 8-4, and San Diego drops to 5-7.

AFC North Standings

Cincinnati 8 4 0 .667 292 216
Baltimore 6 6 0 .500 249 235
Pittsburgh 5 7 0 .417 263 278
Cleveland 4 8 0 .333 231 297

 

Bengals Fall in OT

Halloween was not kind to the Cincinnati Bengals, as they lost to the Miami Dolphins 22-20 in overtime. A safety ended the game. The Bengals looked sluggish all night and trailed 17-3. A 17 point rally, however, gave the Bengals the lead with less than 2 minutes remaining. Miami tied it, and sent the game to overtime. Bengals QB Andy Dalton struggled despite having 338 yards passing. He had three interceptions and was sacked five times, the last of which ended the game. RB Giovani Bernard shined, with 2 TD, including an amazing TD run you can see below.

The Bengals fall to 6-3, and the Dolphins improve to 4-4. Cincinnati remains in first place in the AFC North.

Bearcats Win Again

The Boston Red Sox World Series victory may have been the major sports event, but there was also college football. The Cincinnati Bearcats took care of the Memphis Tigers Wednesday night, with a 34-21 victory. The game was televised on ESPN2. Bearcats’ QB Brendon Kay threw for over 300 yards and a TD, RB Tion Green scored two TD’s, and WR Anthony McClung had 98 yards receiving and a TD catch. The Bearcats trailed early 7-0, but stormed into the lead, not looking back.

Cincinnati has now won three games in a row, and improves to 6-2 (3-1 in AAC). Memphis falls to 1-6 (0-4 in AAC).

American Athletic Conference Standings

TEAM CONF OVR
Houston 3-0 6-1
#23 UCF 3-0 6-1
#19 Louisville 3-1 7-1
Cincinnati 3-1 6-2
Southern Methodist 2-1 3-4
South Florida 2-1 2-5
Rutgers 1-2 4-3
Connecticut 0-3 0-7
Memphis 0-4 1-6
Temple 0-4 1-7

 

Bengals Dismantle Jets

The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the New York Jets 49-9 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Jets, coming off of a win over New England, never led the entire game. Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 5 TD passes and 325 yards, and had QB rating of 125.7. WR Marvin Jones caught 4 of those TD passes, having a career day along with 122 yards receiving, and setting a Bengals record for TD catches in a game. The Bengals jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and led 28-6 at halftime. By the 4th quarter, backup QB’s were in the game, as the game was out of reach for the Jets, who trailed 42-9 after 3 quarters. Cincinnati improves to 6-2 and now is ahead by 3 games in the AFC North, while the Jets fall to 4-4. The Bengals will play on Halloween, Thursday night, in Miami against the Dolphins.

AFC North Standings

Cincinnati 6 2 0 .750
Baltimore 3 4 0 .429
Cleveland 3 5 0 .375
Pittsburgh 2 5 0 .286

Bengals Roar in the Lions’ Den

Last week the Bengals won 27-24 against Buffalo on Mike Nugent field goal. This week the Bengals won by the same score in the same fashion. Once again Mike “Cat scratch fever” Nugent kicked a game-winning field goal at time expired to give the Bengals a 27-24 victory in Detroit. The Bengals took a lead with a fantastic throw and catch from Andy Dalton to AJ Green. QB Dalton threw for nearly 400 yards and 3 TD. However the Detroit Lions battled back. WR Calvin Johnson was superb, with two TD catches, including an amazing catch on a Hail Mary from QB Matthew Stafford. The catch was made with three defenders covering Johnson, a highlight play. The score tied the game at 24 before Nugent’s field goal. The Bengals improve to 5-2 and have a 2 game lead in the AFC North, while the Lions fall to 4-3 tied for first place in the NFC North.

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Bengals Move into First Place, Squeak Past Bills

The Cincinnati Bengals move into first place in the AFC North with a win over the Buffalo Bills 27-24 in overtime. Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis was impressive in his second start throwing two TD’s. The Bengals took a 24-10 lead into the 4th quarter. But the Bills burst through the Bengals defense, scoring two TD’s to send the game into OT. A Mike Nugent field goal clinched the victory for Cincinnati. Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 337 yards and 3 TD’s with 1 INT. WR AJ Green aided Dalton with 6 receptions for 103 yards and 1 TD.

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