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Anytime you score 34 points and limit the opposition to only ten, you're going to have a handful of contributors receiving recognition.
The Cincinnati Bengals running game is beginning to find their stride and that means Cincinnati's offense could become a potent machine.
Breaking down the Cincinnati Bengals defensive snap distribution during the team's 34-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Breaking down the Cincinnati Bengals snap distribution during the team's 34-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth stood up for Andy Dalton after the quarterback was dropped during a dead ball.
Video instant reaction to the Cincinnati Bengals win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Cincinnati's win over the Oakland Raiders set the stage for big-picture scenarios, provided the Bengals keep the playoffs are now mentality.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive Carlos Dunlap didn't generate a quarterback sack, but he was among a good performance from a defensive front that pressured Carson Palmer all day.
The Cincinnati Bengals put together another superior performance on Sunday, beating Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders 34-10.
Dalton hit A.J. Green with a 48 yard completion, leaving the mess created by the officials at the other end of the field. Cedric Peerman responded with a 7 yard gain and another 9 yard gain which placed the Bengals comfortably at the Raiders 15 yard line.
Another short Peerman run, and it seemed it was time to help A.J. Green continue his streak of touchdowns this season. Dalton and Green couldn't connect, and another hand off to Peerman for 4 yards left the Bengals with 3rd and 6 from the end zone.
Bad news: A.J. Green has presumably seen the end of his nine-game touchdown streak.
Good news: Jermaine Gresham put the nail in the coffin with a touchdown.
The Bengals now lead the Raiders 34-10 with 3:39 left in the game.
Midway through the fourth quarter, things quickly got out of hand.
A Mohamed Sanu fumble on third and six with 7:16 remaining in the third quarter was recovered by Joselio Hanson, who returned the football into the endzone for the touchdown. At least it was supposed to be. Oakland's celebration was fortunately interrupted after an official inadvertently called the play dead with a whistle and the Bengals were given the choice to replay the down. Honestly if we were Raiders fans, we'd be beyond angry.
Apparently the Raiders were pissed off (and they should be) and Lamarr Houston took it out with a rough quarterback sack on Andy Dalton during the replayed third down. Andrew Whitworth took serious issue and went into bloodrage mode, going after Houston. When it was all said and done, three players were ejected, including Whitworth, Houston and Tommie Harris who came off the bench. The Bengals were given a third attempt at a third down and Andy Dalton completed a 48-yard pass to A.J. Green.
Just another day at Paul Brown Stadium.
After a scary start to the second half, the Bengals have come alive thanks to another big play from their defense. After the Raiders had good field position yet again, the defensive line pressured Palmer and forced a fumble that was recovered by Rey Maualuga. It set the Bengals up well to continue to dominate the game.
After a four-yard run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, he scampered for a 39 yarder to take the Bengals down to the one-yard line. Green-Ellis came up one yard short of the end zone again after a big run. The Bengals were unable to punch it into the end zone from inside the one and had to settle for a Mike Nugent field goal.
The Bengals lead 27-10 in the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Bengals went from a 24 point lead at halftime to a 14 point lead with 2:21 left in the 3rd quarter. The Bengals began their drive after a touchback started them off at their 20 yard line. The Raiders were limiting the Bengals to short gains from both BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Orson Charles. Facing 3rd and 5, Andy Dalton was sacked - crushing any opportunity for the Bengals to maintain some possession during the second half.
Punt. Raiders begin another drive at their own 44 yard line.
After a 6 yard gain by running back Jeremy Stewart, the Raiders headed into the 4th quarter facing 2nd and 4 at midfield.
Bengals will begin on the Raiders 46 yard line at the start of the 4th quarter.
Perhaps there's a much needed shift of momentum in favor of the Bengals during the 2nd half after all.
The first half was dominated by the Cincinnati Bengals, outscoring the Raiders by 24 points. The second half opened with a quick Bengals three and out, followed by a 55-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal -- which simply neutralized Mike Nugent's 55-yarder to end the first half, not much else.
Cincinnati opens their second possession in the third quarter at their own 16-yard, thanks to a Brandon Tate fielded return nine-plus yards deep into the Bengals endzone on Oakland's kickoff. The Bengals went three and out for the second time in the second half, including four straight incomplete passes by Andy Dalton. Kevin Huber feels the suddenly lifeless aura from the offense with a 35-yard punt, giving Oakland the football at their own 43-yard line.
The defense on the other hand, isn't resting like their offensive counterparts. On first down, Carlos Dunlap nearly sacks Carson Palmer, who wiggles out of the tackle but is leveled by Wallace Gilberry. A six-yard screen sets up a third and 14, which resulted in a limited seven-yard gain forcing Oakland to punt on fourth down. Brandon Tate returned the punt to Cincinnati's 15-yard line with 7:04 remaining in the third.
Again the Bengals offer nothing. A limited one-yard end around to A.J. Green and quarterback sack on second down leads to an incomplete screen on third down, their third three and out. A Kevin Huber 44-yard punt is fair caught at the Raiders 48-yard line.
And the Raiders woke up. Marcel Reece picked up 12 and 15 yards respectively, reaching Cincinnati's 30-yard line with just under four minutes remaining in the half. Jeremy Stewart followed that up with an eight yard run to the 22-yard line with a first down conversion by Reece on second and two.
The Raiders finally scored a touchdown with a floater from Carson Palmer to Denarius Moore, wide open down the middle of the field. Bengals still lead 24-10.
After the Bengals came out of the locker room sluggish and went three and out to begin the third quarter, the Raiders received great field position on their first possession of the second half. Starting at the 50-yard line, the Raiders only moved the ball 12 yards and set themselves up for a 55-yard field goal attempt by Sebastian Janikowski.
The big kicker from Oakland matched Mike Nugent's 55-yard bomb and got the Raiders on the board. The Bengals' shutout is over, but they still lead 24-3 midway through the third quarter.
The Raiders began their drive after Mohamed Sanu's touchdown and entered Cincinnati territory for the first time of the day. They were ultimately faced with a 4th and 1 at Cincinnati's 45 yard line, but they were unable to convert on an inside hand off to Owen Schmitt.
The Bengals were unable to capitalize on the turnover on downs.
Andy Dalton was quick to strike A.J. Green for a 19 yard gain. Another bullet to Mohamed Sanu for a 5 yard gain was keeping the momentum that was stalled but a follow up incompletion to Sanu. Facing 3rd and 5 at Oakland's 38 yard line, Dalton threw an incomplete pass to A.J. Green - meaning Mike Nugent had to answer the call.
Nugent's field goal was kicked wide right and the Bengals were unable to put another 3 points on the board.
Oakland began another opportunity to score before the half at their own 38 yard line.
After an incomplete pass, Palmer connected with Juron Criner for 11 yards. Chris Crocker ended Palmer's drive by intercepting Palmer's pass for 29 yards. It was Crocker's third interception of the season.
The Bengals moved quickly to get into field goal range before the end of the first half. Andy Dalton connected with Mohamed Sanu for 11 yards and quickly called for a timeout with 1 second left on the clock. Mike Nugent was facing a 55 yard field goal attempt, which he converted. Nugent tied a record held by the franchise since 1979.
The Bengals are leading 24-0 at halftime. Bengals Total Yards: 289 - Raiders Total Yards: 83.
The second half open thread for the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders game.
The Cincinnati Bengals jumped out to a quick 14-0 start in the first quarter, while the Oakland Raiders open the second quarter with only 18 yards of total offense, led by Carson Palmer's 2 of 6 effort for nine yards. Palmer shifted a handful of dump-off passes, including an incomplete third down broken up by Adam Jones, forcing the Raiders to punt. Brandon Tate fair caught the football at Cincinnati's 11-yard line with 13:27 remaining in the first half.
Andy Dalton opens the possession with an eight-yard scramble and third down conversion by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, picking up three yards to Cincinnati's 22-yard line.
One second and one with under 11 minutes remaining in the first half, Dalton fakes the handoff and gives the football to A.J. green on an end around, picking up 20 yards down near the left sidelines. Eventually the Bengals have third and three, following consecutive Jermaine Gresham receptions picking up seven yards. Green-Ellis picked up the first down on a power run up the gut with a four-yard gain.
Cincinnati has the football at the Raiders 36-yard line on second and eight with under nine minutes remaining in the first half. Cedric Peerman takes the handoff, fights through a handful of attempted tackles, picking up 31 yards down the left sidelines to the Raiders five-yard line.
After a no-gain on first down and incomplete to A.J. Green in the endzone, Bengals have first and goal from the five. Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap and fires the fastball over the middle to a diving Mohamed Sanu for a touchdown; his second of the afternoon.
Bengals take a 21-0 lead with 7:28 remaining in the second quarter.
With a 14-0 deficit and 2:54 remaining in the first quarter, the Oakland Raiders have only generated eight yards on offense during their opening two possessions. After overshooting a first down pass from the Raiders 26-yard line, Carson Palmer was nearly picked off by Leon Hall, rushing the pass due to Chris Crocker's near quarterback sack.
Third and 10 and eight defenders line up on the line of scrimmage. Adam Jones, unblocked, slammed a shoulder into Palmer's back just as the quarterback threw the football. Raiders go three and out and Palmer has only completed one of five passes.
The Bengals didn't fare much better on offense, going three and out after a minimal BenJarvus Green-Ellis pound and ground, followed by a six-yard Brandon Tate reception setting up a third and one from the Bengals 31-yard line. Facing heavy pressure from a bad Andre Smith block, Dalton rolled out and just as he's falling down, he floats the football over a wide open A.J. Green. Bengals punt.
The Bengals shot themselves in the foot a couple of times when they received the ball for the second time, but that didn't stop them from overcoming their mistakes and taking a commanding 14-0 lead at home against the Oakland Raiders. After a block-in-the-back penalty on the punt return by Adam Jones, the Bengals started at their own 12-yard line.
On a third and long, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton connected with a wide open A.J. Green for a 44-yard reception to keep the drive alive. On another third down in Raiders territory, Mohamed Sanu lined up as the halfback and converted a tough first down on a rushing attempt. It wouldn't be the only time that Sanu contributed on the drive.
After a holding penalty on Jermaine Gresham, the Bengals were put in a big hole, but a ten-yard reception from Orson Charles and another huge 27-yard reception from Gresham to atone for his penalty, the Bengals were back in business. Dalton found Sanu in the corner of the end zone and the rookie came down with an amazing one-handed catch. The Bengals are in command at 14-0.
Well, that didn't take long.
The Bengals began their drive from their own 42 yard line. After a Mohamed Sanu reception, Andy Dalton handed off to BenJarvus Green-Ellis for a short gain and the Bengals were faced with a 3rd and 1. Green-Ellis was given the ball again, and he exploded through the line for 48 yards.
What was originally ruled a touchdown was reversed as Green-Ellis was ruled down a yard short of the end zone. Naturally, the Bengals were quick to use Green-Ellis to finish what he started. It took Green-Ellis two tries, but he was able to get the points.
The Bengals lead the Raiders 7-0 with just over nine minutes left in the first quarter.
Carson Palmer trots on the field amid a chorus of boos from their own 22-yard line. Yet the Raiders opening offense wasn't so much about Palmer, as it was Marcel Reece, who slipped through the line of scrimmage for a first down on the game's opening two plays for 13 yards combined.
On the third play of the game, Carson Palmer takes the snap, fakes the handoff and looks to hit a bubble screen. Before that could even happen, defensive tackle Geno Atkins LEVELED Carson Palmer for a seven-yard loss.
That's his ninth quarterback sack of the season, obviously a career high for him.
In the meantime Oakland had a third and 14 from their own 31-yard line, Palmer takes the shotgun snap. As he's going through his progressions, Michael Johnson fights through his blocks to drop the former Bengals quarterback for a six-yard loss.
For what Dan Hoard described as the first meeting between the two quarterbacks, Carson Palmer stood at midfield and lost the coin toss. One of the Bengals captains, Andy Dalton deferred the coin toss giving Oakland's offense the opening possession.
Including Dalton, the other game captains include Rey Maualuga, Chris Crocker, Clint Boling and Dan Skuta.
It's Week 12 and the Cincinnati Bengals are looking to win their sixth game of the year to remain in the postseason hunt. There's another storyline here too. We think.
One of the expected lineup changes against the Oakland Raiders is the probable start for Mohamed Sanu at wide receiver, again ensuring that Brandon Tate is primarily the return guy (some would dispute that), leaving the receiver position for Sanu, Ryan Whalen and the recently returned Marvin Jones. And A.J. Green, yes. We know. We're fairly certain that if we didn't mention him, someone would remind us as if he totally forgotten.
Sanu posted his most significant snap total against the Kansas City Chiefs, making his first NFL start at wide receiver, participating in 65 of 73 snaps last week. In the last four games that the Bengals have played, Sanu has posted 11 receptions for 125 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The rookie receiver is looking to generate a touchdown in his third straight game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
The inactive list is out and the Bengals welcome contributors back to the fold.
We offered this up earlier on Twitter (follow us @CincyJungle) but wanted to emphasize it here also. Carson Palmer has generated an impressive 1,067 yards passing in the last three games, including a 414-yard effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However we pointed out this little bit too.
In the last three games, the Raiders have entered the fourth quarter down by 74 points combined. Traditionally opposing defenses allow more receptions, using a preventative philosophy that avoids big plays and quick scores. That is where 32.4 percent of Palmer's passing yardage has come from during the past three games.
This is actually consistent of the entire season where 32 percent of Palmer's 3,035 yards have come in the fourth. We would point out that 73.5 percent of Palmer's passing yards has also come when the Raiders were losing this year, but they've lost seven games so we're not sure if that's a fair statistic in this context.
Furthermore, two of those passing defenses are ranked No. 31 and No. 32 in the NFL -- the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers respectively. The Ravens? They're an uncharacteristic 23rd passing defense.
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A collections of stories, previews and information heading into Sunday's game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders.