Andy Dalton was efficient on the afternoon, going 20/28 for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. His quarterback rating of 112.2 was his fourth highest rating of the year. Though, it was Dalton’s first game not throwing for more than 200 yards.
That was largely because of how well Jeremy Hill did on the ground, generating 111 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 25 attempts, yielding a 4.44 yard per carry average.
Tyler Boyd was the Bengals' leading receiver with 49 yards on 6 catches and Eifert was just one-yard shy of tying him with five catches for 48 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The defense was pretty impressive on the afternoon, as they held the Browns to 10 points, all in the second half and Geno Atkins had his first two sack game of the year. Burfict was impactful, but, had his quietest game in quite some time with only 1 tackle on the afternoon. Thankfully, it was the Browns who the Bengals were playing and that was enough for a 13 point margin of victory. That margin of victory could have been even larger if not for a Mike Nugent missed extra point and field goal.
Here are the social media reactions to the Bengals’ fifth win of the season.
Andy Dalton finished the game 20/28, 180 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 112.2 quarterback rating. #WhoDey— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) December 11, 2016
It's a Great Day to be a Bengals Fan....23-10 over the Browns. 5 in a row against Cleveland.— alan cutler (@cutler18) December 11, 2016
Bengals now 5-7-1 next game against Steelers.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) December 11, 2016
Lots off #Bengals making their to Hue for hugs and handshakes.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) December 11, 2016
“The guy is just arrogant as hell. What he need to do is just shut the hell up and win the game,”-Adam Jones w/ Lap on Pryor @700wlw— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) December 11, 2016
Opponents have scored 21, 16, 19, 14 and 10 against the Bengals defense over the last 5 weeks. (16 ppg)— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 11, 2016
Jeremy Hill's 2 games vs Browns: 34 carries, 279 yards (8.2), 2 TDs— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 11, 2016
All other games 161 for 509 yards (3.2), 6 TDs.
And that’s 0-13 for the Browns.— Andrea Hangst (@FBALL_Andrea) December 11, 2016
Another solid game for Burkhead. 10 touches for 51 total yards.— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 11, 2016
Steelers didn't help the Bengals out today, beat the Bills. Bengals need them to lose out for their playoff chances.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) December 11, 2016
Bengals need to win out, Steelers to lose out and Ravens to go 1-3 to clinch the North. Here's to Cleveland getting a W against Pittsburgh.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) December 11, 2016
Steelers can't win another game if the #Bengals have any hope to make the playoffs.— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) December 11, 2016
Pittsburgh still has the Browns on the schedule.
Pacman repeatedly answering "garbage" to every question about Pryor. Shakes trash can and says Pryor belongs in there. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) December 11, 2016
Dalton said today was first time ever wore a glove in throwing hand in a game. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) December 11, 2016
Adam Jones was shaking a garbage can in the locker room saying, "Terrelle, you in there?!"— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) December 11, 2016
Wouldn't talk about the game. Only TP. @FOX19
Imagine how lopsided this game would be if Hue Jackson didn't know everything there is to know about the Bengals.— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) December 11, 2016