Who were the biggest winners and losers in the Bengals' Week 4 win over the Chiefs? We take a look.
Andy Dalton. There are few quarterbacks playing as well as Andy Dalton right now, completing 17 passes for 321 yards while throwing a touchdown to Brandon Tate, who made an amazing reception to complete a 55-yard touchdown. Dalton's 127.1 passer rating, his highest of the season, is his fourth straight game with a passer rating of 115 or better.
Bengals running backs. Cincinnati's second-year running back only ran the football nine times against the Chiefs. However, three resulted in touchdowns and he had a two-point conversion late in the third quarter. Giovani Bernard carried the football 13 times for 60 yards, scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. Hill and Bernard combined for 102 yards rushing on 22 carries and four touchdowns.
Bengals receivers and tight ends: Cincinnati had four players with more than 50 yards receiving: A.J. Green (82 yards), Mohamed Sanu (84 yards), Tyler Eifert (69 yards) and Tate (a 55-yard touchdown reception).
Michael Johnson. Welcome back, Michael. Johnson had a brilliant afternoon, recording four tackles, a quarterback sack, a tackle for loss, a batted pass at the line of scrimmage, three quarterback hits and a forced fumble.
NFL rules for a reception. During Cincinnati's 28-24 win over the Ravens last week, Tyler Eifert had three steps before reaching into the endzone to score what was initially called a touchdown. However, a mandatory review reversed the call because Eifert lost the football upon landing in the endzone. Officials in that game ruled that Eifert did not complete the act of catching the football.
In a play a similar situation with 8:55 remaining in the second quarter, Jeremy Maclin caught the football near Cincinnati's 45-yard line. After taking his second or third step, Reggie Nelson whacked Maclin who lost the football out of bounds. The play drew up memories from Eifert's incompletion against the Ravens, but instead of it being an incompletion, the officials confirmed the reception.
If you're wondering what constitutes a reception, you're not alone.
Mike Nugent. Whatever issues Mike Nugent faced last September seem to have resurfaced this year. With 4:33 remaining in the second quarter, Nugent clipped the left upright on a failed 44-yard attempt. By this point in the season, Nugent had converted three of five field goals and had a blocked extra point as well. As a result of the miss, Kansas City's ensuing drive spanned 64 yards before reaching Cincinnati's 17-yard line and converting a chip-shot field goal to eat into Cincinnati's lead, resulting in a score of 14-12.