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NFL Week 8: Bengals’ top plays from win over Colts

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Carlos Dunlap saved the day with a pick six late in the game, but the Bengals looked pretty underwhelming against an inferior rival and it won’t get much easier than this going forward

Indianapolis Colts v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images

The Bengals almost lost a home game to one of the worst teams in the NFL, despite starting in great fashion with a blocked punt in the Colts’ first drive of the game. Only an outstanding play by Carlos Dunlap, picking off Jacoby Brissett for a touchdown with Cincinnati down by six late in the fourth quarter, saved the day for Marvin Lewis and company.

It wasn’t pretty and despite the close score it didn’t feel contested either. Both teams tried their best to lose and the Bengals’ offense took a few steps back after seemingly resurrecting its season with Bill Lazor taking over after Ken Zampese was shown the door. A win is a win, though.

Which big play gets your vote for the Play of the Game for the Bengals against the Colts? Cast your vote and sound off on your winner!

Jordan Willis’ blocked punt in the Colts first drive

The rookie is still trying to find his place as a pass rusher, but on special teams he can let his athleticism speak for himself and let his speed and explosion take over. Many of us thought this play would set the tone for the rest of the game. Spoiler: it didn’t.

Alex Erickson’s 29-yard punt return

Despite his fumble in a later return, the second-year wide receiver continues to make plays for his team - and the other, I guess.

Joe Mixon’s catch and run for 67 yards

Mixon must have finally sat down, watched some Jeremy Hill tape and learned something (that’s what Marvin Lewis wants, right?). If this kid doesn’t become a star, it’ll only be Lewis’ fault.

Josh Malone’s first career touchdown

A beautiful design and throw by Andy Dalton - who was underwhelming for the rest of the game - gave the Bengals a 17-13 lead right after halftime. This was a great adjustment by the fourth-round pick wide receiver.

Dunlap’s game-saving pick six

Before this play, the Colts held a six-point lead and the Bengals’ offense was having a really rough day. Still, the Colts chose to pass the football on second-and-six instead of continuing to chug up the clock. Fatal mistake, and thank you.

Carl Lawson’s game-sealing sack

The Colts were rallying and it looked like they would easily get to field goal range where the veteran kicking legend Adam Vinatieri would win it. But the wonder rookie sacked Brissett on second down and made it really hard for Indianapolis to get another first down.

Poll

Which play gets your vote for the Bengals' Play of the Game against the Colts?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Willis’ blocked punt
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Erickson’s 29-yard punt return
    (1 vote)
  • 7%
    Mixon’s catch and run for 67 yards
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Malone’s touchdown catch
    (0 votes)
  • 81%
    Dunlap’s pick six
    (83 votes)
  • 9%
    Lawson’s sack at the end of the game
    (10 votes)
102 votes total Vote Now