On Andy Dalton’s 30th birthday, coinciding with his 100th NFL start, the Cincinnati Bengals came away with a win.
At times, it didn’t seem like they deserved to win and it often felt like they were going to lose. But when it mattered most, the defense stepped up and Carlos Dunlap’s pick six was the deciding factor in the matchup, giving the Bengals a 24-23 win over the now 2-6 Colts.
The Bengals are now 3-4 and face an incredible Jaguars defense next week in Jacksonville. Dalton should be VERY scared and the offensive line should be putting in double the work this week. The line was awful against a poor Colts defense. Just imagine what next week will be like? The Jaguars have 33 sacks this year, which leads the league by a HUGE margin.
But, before we jump to the Jaguars, here’s a look at the social media reactions to the Bengals’ win over the Colts in Week 8.
No matter what fans think of the optics of the win, that's an excited team walking into the locker room. #Bengals— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) October 29, 2017
Mixon finished with 109 yards from scrimmage on 14 touches (three receptions, 91 yards).— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 29, 2017
Bengals win 24-23, move to 3-4. Sure wasn't pretty, but they closed it out thanks to Carlos Dunlap.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 29, 2017
Bengals earn their 3rd win of the year 24-23 sending the Colts to a 2-6 record— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 29, 2017
Bengals RB Comparison: Mixon (11 carries, 18 yards), Hill (4 carries, 11 yards), Bernard (2 carries, five yards).— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 29, 2017
MVP: Dunlap. Goat: O-Line.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 29, 2017
#Bengals defensive line played great football the final half quarter. Saved the game and, for now, saved season relevance.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) October 29, 2017
All that matters? #Bengals were one point better.— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) October 29, 2017
....on paper and stuff.
We just won a game where we scored 24 points, Green had 27 yards receiving and we had 58 yards rushing. Incredible.— Dadio from Cincy (@dadiodefacto) October 29, 2017
"Game didn't unfold the way I wanted or expected, but give them credit for doing a good job. We kept overcoming ourselves today"- Lewis— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 29, 2017
Marvin: "We kept overcoming ourself today. We made plays when we needed to down the stretch." #Bengals— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) October 29, 2017
The Colts aren't dey.— Who Dey? (@WHOisDEY) October 29, 2017
#Bengals HC Marvin Lewis jokes Carlos Dunlap could teach Joe Mixon about finishing off a scoring run.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) October 29, 2017
Marvin Lewis said John Ross got to dress because Cody Core was out, but “he was not part of the plan going into the game.”— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 29, 2017
Pssst, Bengals are 2 games out of the division and one game behind Miami, Tennessee, and Jax for a wild card. Who do we play next 2 weeks? pic.twitter.com/S28NYdJbm0— Mike Q YRN (@QuineTime) October 29, 2017
Not all that matters. This win sucked. It confirmed they are one of the worst teams in the league. Offense is lost. https://t.co/PRt0KWeR4R— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) October 29, 2017
Y'all really want this man to win? https://t.co/jzkYdRrSlt— ☠️Charnel Lawson (@John__Sheeran) October 29, 2017
Pretty silent during this game.. but you all know what.. @DreKirkSWAG came to play today.. I have to look at him in a new light now.— The Bengal Smurfette (@TrinaAnn411) October 29, 2017
Why did you draft him? I feel like this is an inside joke that I'm totally missing. https://t.co/Sybc9pjLnX— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 29, 2017
Joe Mixon said he's not worried about Le'Veon Bell and his comments today. When asked what running back he... https://t.co/UxcN3U9gwq— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 29, 2017
Dalton said had look they wanted on Malone TD, but rookie made great adjustment to ball when throw was rushed w/pressure. #Bengals— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) October 29, 2017
Carlos Dunlap has been working on a TD celebration, but preferred just having "1,500 pounds (of teammates) on top of me" today. #Bengals— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) October 29, 2017
Dalton on the stunt / middle pressure on the last third down sack. He wasn’t sure what broke down but “We can’t let that happen.”— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) October 29, 2017