Andy Dalton got hit hard by the New York Jets, early and often. In the end, the quarterback and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals were the ones standing. Mike Nugent kicked a 47-yard field goal with 54 seconds left, lifting the Bengals to a back-and-forth 23-22 season-opening victory Sunday.
The Cincinnati Bengals take on the New York Jets in Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season.
You can’t watch the Cincinnati Bengals without looking over your shoulder. They are Murphy’s Law in Halloween colors -- a franchise forever looking up at the bottom of the other shoe. Which is why it’s easy to forget how good they are.
It was feast or famine for the Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) in a 23-22 win over the New York Jets (0-1) on Sunday afternoon. The Bengals executed a two-minute drive to set up a 47-yard Mike Nugent field goal to seal their first win of the season. Cornerback Josh Shaw ended any attempt by the Jets to respond when he picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick on the next drive.
It’s a good win in a big football game, tough football game. We knew it would be. We were playing a team similar to what we play in our division week-in and week-out, well put together, physical, strong. Our guys just kept hanging in there and making plays. We didn’t make as many as we needed to in the first half. (We) settled down, overcame some adversity at times, but we kept playing and kept grinding. It was good.
A.J. Green says he studies the stats of the Hall-of-Famers because, well, it may be the only thing he’s not shy about. Yes, the Bengals’ soft-spoken mega star says one day he’d like to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In Sunday’s opener he took one of those steps to Canton when he torched future Hall-of-Famer cornerback Darrelle Revis on a career-high 12 catches for 180 yards, the last one with Revis pressing him and producing the utterly necessary 11 yards Mike Nugent needed to drill the winning field goal with 54 seconds left.
The Bengals left MetLife Stadium exhaling deeply, happy that there is professional football in this world, and they get to play it with A.J. Green. There are lots of good wideouts in the NFL -- it’s one of the easier positions to fill -- but few great ones. Green was on greatness’ doorstep before Sunday. Now he finds himself in the front hall, welcoming strivers and would-be’s. Green occupies the rare air reserved for receivers who can change games seemingly at will.
If the Bengals and the Jets come down to a battle for a Wild Card spot later this year, the Jets are going to feel even more regretful about letting their season opener get away than they likely do on Sunday afternoon.
Welcome to the Bengals Fifth Quarter where I provide my analysis of Sunday's 23-22 win over the New York Jets before a crowd of 78,160 in MetLife Stadium
AFC North Bytes
The line between winning and losing in the NFL is usually thin. Everything changed on Sunday afternoon with one mistake. Until center Cameron Erving airmailed a snap over the head of Robert Griffin III, the Browns had held their own. The defense, outside of the opening drive, played well. The offensive line had held together against that Eagles front.
The Baltimore Ravens played defense in a fashion Rex Ryan could surely appreciate -- even if the performance came at his team's expense. Baltimore used a touchdown pass by Joe Flacco , two field goals and a throwback defensive effort to beat the Buffalo Bills 13-7 on Sunday in the season opener.
"We're only going to go as far as he takes us." Willie Gay, one of the Steelers' four team captains and maybe its singular spiritual leader, was telling me that the other day on the South Side. And to be honest, I was floored. Because he wasn't speaking of Ben Roethlisberger. Or Antonio Brown. Or, perish the thought, Le'Veon Bell. No, the reference was to one Ryan Dean Shazier.
Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season is now in the books, so it's time to give out some awards. Who had the best performances on Sunday? Which players deserve a shout-out? Watch as Bleacher Report Lead NFL Analyst Chris Simms hands out some hardware in the video above.
In his first career NFL start, Jimmy Garoppolo looked every bit the part of a starting quarterback for one of the league's best teams as he guided the New England Patriots to a 23-21 Week 1 road win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football.
Tony Dungy is the latest person to weigh in on the national anthem controversy. The former NFL head coach spoke with NBC's Dan Patrick on Sunday night about players taking a knee during the national anthem. Dungy said he would be supportive if they were on his team (via CSN Bay Area)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams makes the catch, but the clock runs out as he is tackled in bounds.
The Oakland Raiders play to win—that much was clear during Sunday's season opener against the New Orleans Saints. Oakland made up an 11-point deficit by scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter, including a touchdown with 47 seconds to play. The go-ahead score could have been just a game-tying score, but the Raiders went for it all.