According to our NFL Elo ratings — FiveThirtyEight’s pet metric for determining an NFL team’s strength at any given moment — the best Cincinnati Bengals team …
The Cincinnati Bengals' defense had just given up a first-drive touchdown and linebacker Vontaze Burfict clearly wasn't pleased. He couldn't sit still. When he made it back to the sideline he kept jumping up off the bench to storm after another one of his defensive teammates to discuss what they and he had done wrong to allow the quick score that put the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead early. Linebackers were barked at. Defensive linemen had their eardrums banged. Coaches caught Burfict's vocal fury, too.
Andy Dalton ranks fourth in Total QBR and the Bengals are 7-0. Mike Sando takes a look at the factors surrounding Dalton's resurgence and what it means for Cincy's playoff hopes.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton took a step on Thursday night toward shaking off the stigma of not playing well in prime time, but it was the Bengals defense that shined brightest in the second half. The Bengals held the Browns without a first down and to just seven yards total offense for the first 26:36 of the second half as they pulled away from a 14-10 halftime lead to post a 31-10 victory before a crowd of 65,816 in Paul Brown Stadium.
For one half a thought could slip into the brain of another possible primetime meltdown. Then, the second half happened.
It was a competitive game for almost three quarters. By the fourth quarter Thursday night, though, the Bengals had begun dominating the Browns. The Browns went to halftime with momentum but couldn’t sustain it, and the Bengals ended up cruising to a 31-10 win.
The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-0. With a 31-10 rout of the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati has become the first NFL team to reach 8-0 in the 2015 season. The Bengals’ 8-0 start is the best start in franchise history, and their eight-game winning streak is the longest winning streak in team history.
No, we can't forget about Denver. It was on a Monday night late last December against the Broncos when Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton turned in a two-touchdown performance in a win over Peyton Manning and company. But as good as that outing was, it paled in comparison to what Dalton did Thursday night in a 31-10 rout over the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium.
Behind Enemy Lines
The first half was fun. But once the Cincinnati Bengals committed to keeping Johnny Manziel in the pocket, the Cleveland Browns had no answer and the Bengals remained unbeaten with a 31-10 victory over the Browns. Cleveland lost its fourth game in a row, and 12th in the past 14 going back to last season.
Cleveland nearly bid goodbye to Joe Thomas this week, passing on a trade that would have sent its left tackle and a mid-round pick to Denver in exchange for a first- and a second-round pick. But while the Browns held on to their rock, they are getting closer to losing Pro Bowl center Alex Mack to another team in free agency -- and there's nothing they can do about it, thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Cincinnati Bengals (8-0) remain perfect in 2015 after defeating the Cleveland Browns 31-10 at home Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is now the first coach in AFC North history to start a season 8-0, per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
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