In their 33-13 win over the Oakland Raiders to start the 2015 season, the Cincinnati Bengals provided their fans with a veritable highlight reel of big plays. Their offensive juggernaut cooled as they eased off of the gas pedal in the second half, but the team's outlook going forward is bright.
Let's take a look at some of the Bengals' biggest plays in the win and we'll tally your votes. Comment in the section on why you went the route you chose!
Jeremy Hill's One-Yard Touchdown Run: After the defense forced a three-and-out by the Raiders' offense on the first possession of the game, the Bengals marched down the field. However, the hit a bit of a wall as they approached the goal line. Marvin Lewis opted to go for it and called Hill's number. Initially, it looked like a disaster as the Bengals' back was contacted twice in the backfield. However, he broke free, took it to the outside and cruised into the end zone for a gut-punch score early in the game.
Jeremy Hill, on 4th and one, bounces outside and scored a TD! Bengals leading 7-0. https://t.co/hcy1xNwPic— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 13, 2015
Bengals Defense Stops Raiders On 4th-And-1: The Raiders started gaining a tiny bit of momentum down 10-0, but Jack Del Rio was feeling desperate. The Raiders head coach elected to go for it on a 4th and short on the team's own side of the field. The Bengals defense stopped it and were ready to take a chokehold on the game.
Raiders went for it on 4th and one from their own 45. Bengals football. https://t.co/ywMWjT1lWv— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 13, 2015
Jeremy Hill's Second Touchdown: While having a ten-point lead in the second quarter, the Bengals began marching once again to put the game out of reach. Getting the ball on the Raiders 45-yard line helped, as did a 30-yard snag by A.J. Green, but Hill struck once again and shot through a gap from just outside the goal line to score. Cincinnati took a 17-0 lead and didn't look back.
Jeremy Hill with his second TD of the afternoon, giving the Bengals a 17-0 lead with 2:21 remaining in the 2nd https://t.co/5lCkWo3dIh— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 13, 2015
Tyler Eifert's Touchdown Catch Right Before The Half: After another stop by the Bengals' defense, the offense wanted to begin to put the Raiders away for good. For the first time since 2013, Andy Dalton found Eifert on a 13-yard dart for a touchdown. If Oakland had any life left up to that point, it was taken away with the touchdown scored with just seven seconds left before halftime.
Tyler Eifert TD, giving the Bengals a 24-0 lead w/ seven seconds left in the half. https://t.co/Jc6tLuZeBm— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 13, 2015
Reggie Nelson's Third Quarter Interception: Cincinnati wasn't going to let off of the gas just yet, as the rangy safety made a play on a sailed pass from Matt McGloin. Though Nelson didn't make the play to create good field position, it once again frustrated the Raiders and just cemented their position in this game.
Reggie Nelson with a pick with over 12 minutes remaining in the third quarter. https://t.co/cXBKA3rYwP— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 13, 2015
Eifert's Second Touchdown Reception: The route was on after the Nelson pick, but the Bengals' offense wanted to make sure everyone was aware. After each team exchanged punts, the offense got back on track. After some pinpoint passing from Dalton, Cincinnati got to Oakland's 8-yard line. He found Eifert at the back of the end zone one more time for a beautiful play.
Tyler Eifert with an 8 yard TD!! Bengals lead 30-0. https://t.co/Qz6AJQoiOc— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 13, 2015
Geno Atkins Strips The Football From Matt McGloin And Michael Johnson Recovers: While this one didn't really heavily impact the outcome of the game, it was a big play and one that was a sight for sore eyes after watching the defensive line last year. Atkins fought through blocks and sacked McGloin to cause a fumble. Johnson readily scooped it up and it was the Bengals' offense's turn once again.
Strip sack by Geno Atkins, recovered by Michael Johnson. https://t.co/YmkZxEz3Ro— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 13, 2015