This season, the Cincinnati Bengals have a perfect record after crushing the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. Three of their seven wins have come through double digit victories, three of the other six have been victories where they either went down, or started behind, in the fourth quarter.
Against the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals were losing for 12 seconds in the fourth when quarterback Andy Dalton threw a bomb to the all-star wide receiver A.J. Green for the game winning touchdown. Another other game of note was against the Pittsburgh Steelers where we had started the 4th quarter down with the score of 6-10 Steelers. With just under three minutes left, Dalton hooked up with Green for a nine yard touchdown to take the lead 13-10. The final score was by the Bengals’ kicker Mike Nugent who drained a 44 yard kick to end the game 16-10.
The Bengals have been lead by their quarterback “The Red Rifle” Dalton. He’s had easily his best season with a career high 66% and a 15 to 4 touchdown to interception ratio. Both of these are career highs, and have been a major player in the Bengals winning season. While his previous season high was 4,296 passing yards, he’s on pace to tie or even beat that while already have racked up over 1,900 yards. But, sadly, not everything has been perfect for the Cincinnati team.
Last season the team’s breakout player was obviously rookie running back, Jeremy Hill, leading the league in rushing yards after his first play in week nine. But, this season, he’s had his “sophomore slump” with an average of just three yards per carry. Bringing frustration to fans and Fantasy Football owners. On top of this, he’s already had two lost fumbles, and his season high run is only 15 yards. But, luckily, our second string running back Giovani Bernard has stepped up for us and kept the running game strong. Averaging five and a half yards per play, he’s supported the Bengals team by already having two over 20 yard runs, and 71 yards per game.
Bengals have had a fantastic season, but they’re not the only ones who want to finish undefeated. Three other teams have reached the eighth week without a loss including the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. While we are not the weakest of these teams, with a top passing game, we certainly aren’t the strongest. We have the 23rd worst defense, and in the middle of the pack with a 14th ranked running game, we have potential if we can just get it all to come together.
The Bengals haven’t been the best team in the past in primetime games, everyone has to admit, but this season they’re looking brand new and ready to finally win a single game come playoff time. We’re all rooting for them and hope to see more exciting games like the ones they’ve come to have us expect.