Bengals 22 Jets 6
The nightmare is over. Finally. For the first time since December 12, 2018, the Bengals have won a football game. Head coach Zac Taylor was doused with a Gatorade bath by his players in picking up his first career win. The win snapped a franchise record 13 game losing streak. It was the most complete effort of the season for the Bengals.
The Bengals led 17-6 at the half and have now won 40 consecutive games in which they led by 11+ points at the half (Jay Morrison, The Athletic).
The win came before the smallest crowd in Paul Brown Stadium history (39,804).
- Bengals W (1-11)
- Giants L (2-10)
- Miami W (3-9)
- Redskins W (3-9)
Andy Dalton returned to the starting lineup to lead the Bengals to the win. Dalton was 22 of 37 for 243 yards, TD, 0 INT, 1 sack and a QB rating of 88.0.
He threw to nine different players and connected with seven. Four Bengals had between 4-5 catches. He became the franchise leader for career TD passes and completions in the process. His 17-yard strike to Tyler Boyd gave him 198 TD's for his career, breaking a tie with Ken Anderson.
He was zinging the ball....with authority. He created outside the pocket. CJ Uzomah dropped a gift TD pass at the two-yard line.
The offense did not turn the ball over on the day.
Auden Tate made multiple tough/acrobatic/contested catches: 4 for 66 yards. He got hosed on a penalty that wiped out a 31-yard run by Joe Mixon to the Jets four yard line.
After Ryan Finley targeted the TE's just twice last week, Dalton completed 6 of 8 to TE's for 63 yards.
Joe Mixon (19-44 2.3) and the run game struggled: 25 carries/44 yards (1.8). Long of 9 yards. Mixon scored on a 5-yard TD rush to cap a 7 play/91 yard drive to make it 17-3 before the half.
It was the first time the offense has topped 17 points since scoring 23 vs Arizona in Week 5.
The defense carried the day, slamming the breaks on a Jets team that had scored 34 in each of the previous three games.
They did not allow the Jets a touchdown or entry into the red zone. It was easily their best tackling day of the season.
The defense has allowed 39 points over the last 14 quarters.
Carlos Dunlap had a monster day with a career-high tying three sacks....6 QB hits, 1 pass defended, 3 tackles for loss.
The defense registered three sacks on 3rd down and four total. That's three straight games of 3+ sacks.
A holding call vs the Jets in the end zone earned the Bengals a safety....their first since December 2016 vs Baltimore.
Andrew Brown provided constant pressure. William Jackson III had a big day. He was a heat seeking missile with 10 tackles.
They won the field position battle.
Kevin Huber landed punts at the 10, 9, 5 and 2 on a day he set the franchise record for games by a punter (170).