Update: I'm pushing this to the top again. We need more votes. So, vote.
So we started nominating a list of games considered to be the best games by the Bengals since 2006. Why 2006? That was Cincy Jungle's inaugural season. Is there a tougher task to finding the best game over a span in which the Bengals won only 19 of 48 games (.396 winning percentage). It's been a great three years on the site, friends, community and all that, and hopefully we have another three more. My other hope is that we're blogging during a season in which we score more wins than losses. We've yet to experience a winning season, but we'll get there. At least we have fun rooting for our favorite team, proving to everyone that we're a hell of a loyal fanbase -- no matter the amount of frustrations and indignities, we keep coming back.
So here's ten nominations for greatest Bengals game since 2006. Make sure you vote!
A Good win can also be one of the worst games. Note, this is NOT a nomination. Pointing something out. The 34-17 win over the Cleveland Browns in 2006 was a nice win over an in-state rival, no doubt. However, this could be classified as one of the team's worst games after two starters were forced into retirement due to various injuries. David Pollack. Rich Braham.
Kaesviharn seals the deal. The 28-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third week of 2006, was come from behind fashion. Taking a 17-14 deficit into the fourth quarter, linebacker Brian Simmons recovered a Kevin Kaesviharn forced fumble at the Pittsburgh 30-yard line with 7:22 remaining. On the following offensive snap, Carson Palmer hit T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 30-yard touchdown, taking a 28-17 lead. Then, with two minutes left in the game, Pittsburgh was driving, down 28-20. On the 11th snap of the drive at the Cincinnati 16-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted by Kaesviharn in the endzone sealing Cincinnati's lone win over the Steelers in the past three years.
Kaesviharn seals the deal II. The season in 2006 was young. The Bengals were 3-2 and the Carolina Panthers were 4-2. Cincinnati just came off a tough 14-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where a referee calls roughing the passer on Justin Smith because Smith tackled the quarterback, who still had the ball. After the Carolina Panthers took 14-7 half-time lead, the Bengals defense shutout the Panthers offense. With 14 minutes left in the game, the Bengals offense took a 13-play drive, taking 6:01 off the clock, 86 yards, ending on a one-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh to give the Bengals a 17-14 lead with eight minutes left in the game. The teams traded possessions. With five minutes left in the game, the Panthers drove the ball from the Carolina 19-yard line to the Bengals 10-yard line. With four minutes left in the game, the Panthers lined up third-and-10. Jake Delhomme completed the pass to Kevin Kaesviharn, nine-yards deep in the endzone. Touchdown. Bengals eventually win.
Bengals score 21 points in the fourth quarter. Playing in New Orleans, the Bengals took a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter on November 19, 2006. After the Saints quickly tied the game with a John Carney 24-yard field goal, Palmer connected with Chad Johnson on a 60-yard touchdown pass. Saints go three-and-out. Then Rudi Johnson picked up 22 yards on the ground. Chad Johnson caught a 48-yard pass before catching a four-yard touchdown pass with over seven minutes left in the game. On the fourth play of the following New Orleans' possession, Ethan Kilmer intercepted a Drew Brees pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. That's 21 points in under four minutes, closing out the fourth quarter, giving the Bengals an eventual 31-16 win over the 6-4 Saints.
Bengals record first shutout since 1989. Charlie Frye completed four passes to Kevin Kaesviharn (2) and Tory James (2) while Chad Johnson recorded 123 yards receiving, T.J. Houshmandzadeh scored a touchdown and Chris Henry reached the endzone twice in the team's 30-0 win over the Browns in 2006.
A big win on Thursday Night Football. The Bengals were 6-5 and the Baltimore Ravens were 9-2 heading into a late November Thursday Night game between Division foes in 2006. While the offense struggled, the defense shined, shutting out the Ravens through 59 minutes until Baltimore scored a touchdown with 1:09 left in the game. After a failed onside kick, Palmer took two knees securing a big 13-7 win in front of a national audience.
Starting the season on the right foot. The Bengals kicked off their 2007 season in front of another national audience, scoring the first of a double-header of Monday Night Football games, hosting the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. In the third quarter, Landon Johnson returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bengals a 19-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Soon after, Ed Reed returned a Kyle Larson punt 63 yards for a touchdown, giving Baltimore a 20-19 lead. Oh no, right? After Cincinnati went three-and-out, Robert Geathers intercepted a Steve McNair pass and returned it 30 yards. Rudi Johnson picked 15 yards setting the stage for a seven-yard touchdown pass to Houshmandzadeh. Initially, the team's attempt at a two-point conversion attempt failed. Ed Reed was subsequently flagged for defensive pass interference. Handoff Rudi Johnson. Two points and a 27-20 lead -- and eventually win.
Bengals score 21 points in the fourth quarter II. When the third quarter ended, the Bengals were losing 17-23 against the New York Jets on October 21, 2007. Kenny Watson scored two rushing touchdowns and Johnathan Joseph returned an interception 42 yards for the team's third touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Jets did eventually score with three seconds left in the game, but after Cincinnati's 21-point fourth quarter, it really didn't matter what the Jets did.
Bengals force six turnovers against the Ravens... again. During the opening game of 2007, the Bengals forced six Baltimore turnovers. The Bengals did it again in their season rematch. While the defense were gameball winners in the Bengals 21-7 win over the Ravens, Shayne Graham was the total offense, kicking seven field goals -- four in the fourth quarter -- setting a franchise record; one field goal away from an NFL record.
When every phase of the game... The Bengals scored 35 points, recorded 426 yards total offense, led by Carson Palmer who completed 32 of 38 passes, including three touchdown passes to Chad Johnson. The Titans, on the other hand, scored six points (all in the second quarter) and only 305 yards total. Chris Brown, LenDale White and Vince Young combined for 62 yards rushing.
An encore performance always plays the best tunes. It's hard including any game from 2008, but a shutout win over the Cleveland Browns? How could we not? Let's face facts. The game as a whole was unbearable. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed five of nine passes for 55 yards and running back James Johnson was the leading receiver (three receptions).
However, there were some great individual performances. Cedric Benson's breakout game recorded 171 yards rushing on 38 attempts. John Thornton's "I'm a defensive end too" game, recording two sacks. Leon Hall's three interceptions, one of which led to the game's opening score; a first quarter 50-yard touchdown return. Note: Four of Leon Hall's eight interceptions have come against the Cleveland Browns. After Henry recorded his 20-yard touchdown reception (his lone catch of the day), the Bengals offense went missed field goal, five straight punts and end of the game. The Browns, on the other hand, were incredibly worse. For the game, their drives ended with four interceptions, five punts, end of half and turnover on downs.
Here's a list of the team's victories dating back to the 2006 season.
|9.10.2006||@ Kansas City||23-10|
|11.19.2006||@ New Orleans||31-16|