Despite too many turnovers and moments that left fans at Paul Brown Stadium booing, the Bengals’ defense made up for the offense’s mistakes and George Iloka picked off Tyrod Taylor for a game-sealing fourth quarter interception.
The locker room was jovial after the win as the Bengals clearly are feeling the changes and reaping the benefits of Ken Zampese being fired after Week 2.
As expected, the reactions to the Bengals’ second consecutive win were very positive on social media. That was only furthered by the Steelers losing to the Jaguars and Ben Roethlisberger throwing five interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
Let’s start with Vontaze Burfict’s reaction to the Steelers losing, because, we echo those sentiments...
Burfict when informed of Steelers loss: Pittsburgh lost? Hell yeah. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) October 8, 2017
And, now on to some more Bengals-specific post-game thoughts from around Twitter:
Four of the next 5 Bengals games will be played on the road (at Steelers, home v Colts, at (scary) Jags, Titans, Broncos before returning.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 8, 2017
Answer: He responded by making a huge catch and run that set up the game-winning touchdown (Joe Mixon’s first NFL TD). https://t.co/LW5mXdoNcW— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) October 8, 2017
1st two sack game in 47 games for Michael Johnson: Sept. 28, 2014 at Steelers. #Bengals— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) October 8, 2017
"I told them I was proud of them for how they kept fighting"- Marvin— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 8, 2017
Michael Johnson running off the field: "I feel like Joe Frazier at the weigh in."— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) October 8, 2017
Bengals pull out the victory and are right back in the AFC North hunt! #WhoDey!— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) October 8, 2017
AJ Green with a big smile on his face heading into the locker room: "I almost wrecked that one."— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) October 8, 2017
#Bengals first home win of 2017 was CRITICAL. 2-3 on the season after beating the Bills 20-16.— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 8, 2017
Andy was good today. The offense played well (even with he turnovers). Pittsburgh is losing. It’s hard not to like this team moving forward— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) October 8, 2017
A.J. Green says all three turnovers on him - two drops for the INTs. #Bengals— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) October 8, 2017
George Iloka says Paul Guenther played Semisonic's "Closing Time" this week in a meeting - saying he needed closers on defense.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) October 8, 2017
A.J. Green on Dalton: "He's our leader. A lot of people want to give him slack. We wouldn't rather have anyone else". #Bengals— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) October 8, 2017
I asked AJ about the offensive confidence since first GB drive and he said everyone is relaxed out there.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) October 8, 2017
#Bengals RB Joe Mixon has his first TD ball tucked under his left arm during postgame interview.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) October 8, 2017
#Bengals QB Andy Dalton said it was his left ankle that got rolled. Says he's good.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) October 8, 2017
Andy on AJ Green rebounding: regardless about what happen we were still going to give him the ball.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) October 8, 2017
Andy told AJ: good news it doesn't end up on your stats it ends up on mine.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) October 8, 2017
Who Dey ... I say it PROUDLY. I was guilty of giving up on them after the Texans loss .. won’t do it again. @Rebecca_Toback— Kaleb Crowe (@kcrowe10) October 8, 2017
Bengal team all smiles, even Marvin Lewis.— The Bengal Smurfette (@TrinaAnn411) October 8, 2017
The Bengals still have an opportunity to take claim of the AFC North, especially if the team can win in Pittsburgh in Week 7.
"Division is still wide open" -Andy Dalton— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) October 8, 2017