The Bengals are now 1-9 under Marvin Lewis on Sunday Night Football.
Why? Because the offense and defense failed miserably against the Chiefs in Week 7.
Here’s a recap of all the action.
To add insult to injury, linebacker Vontaze Burfict left the game with a hip injury and is doubtful to return. The Chiefs took advantage, as Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill for a touchdown and a 45-10 lead. Mason Schreck also joined Burfict as injured and was carted off of the field.
Cincinnati’s defense held the Chiefs on a fourth down, but brought in their backups on offense to finish out the game. Jeff Driskel moved the ball a little bit at the end of the game, but Kansas City didn’t let up anything at won the game, 45-10.
If you thought the Chiefs were going to hit the brakes after the halftime gun, you were wrong. Kansas City marched down the field thanks to Mahomes’ escapability, and Hunt found the end zone for a hat trick and a 24-point lead early in the second half.
On the ensuing possession, Cincinnati made the Sunday night disaster complete in one play. Andy Dalton didn’t see Ron Parker and threw a pick six, as the Chiefs went up 38-7.
As they attempted to regroup, the offense did go down the field, thanks in large part to pass interference against the Chiefs. The drive culminated in a Randy Bullock field goal to cut the Chiefs’ lead to four touchdowns.
Mahomes tried for another go-for-the-throat deep pass to Sammy Watkins, but the Bengals’ defense actually came up with a big play for the first time on the evening. Shawn Williams picked the pass off to put the Bengals’ offense back in business with good field position. Unfortunately, Cincinnati went three-and-out.
Unfortunately, the “primetime Bengals” struck again. The offense had a manageable third-and-short, only to be pushed back by a Bobby Hart false start penalty.
Then, on the punt attempt, communication wires got crossed, as Clayton Fejedelem apparently believed a fake was the call and fumbled the ball away. Kansas City took advantage immediately, as Hunt took another Mahomes pass into the end zone and a 14-0 lead.
Cincinnati pieced together a drive that was filled with penalties from both teams. A.J. Green had three beautiful catches, as Andy Dalton hit C.J. Uzomah for a touchdown on third-and-goal to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 14-7 midway through the second quarter.
However, the Bengals’ defense once again had trouble tackling and getting off of the field, as Kansas City once again marched down the field. Their inability to cover a tight end bit them in the rear ends again as Demetrius Harris grabbed a touchdown just after the two-minute warning for a 21-7 score.
After the Bengals squandered another offensive drive, Mahomes and his offense attempted to go for the throat. Butker hit his second attempt of the night, with Kansas City heading into halftime with a 24-7 lead. The Chiefs get the ball to start the second half.
The Chiefs won the coin toss and opted to defer until after halftime. We knew Cincinnati needed to chew clock and score points, but unfortunately, their offense went three-and-out to begin the contest.
After pinning Kansas City at their own 5-yard line, Patrick Mahomes and Co. marched down the field on a number of different plays. Tackling by the Bengals’ defense was poor once again, and Kareem Hunt capped the drive with a six-yard touchdown reception to put the Chiefs up early, 7-0.
Kansas City began marching down the field once again after another Cincinnati punt, but the Bengals defense held strong. The Chiefs attempted a field goal, but Harrison Butker pushed the kick wide right and the Bengals took over with good field position, still down 7-0.
The Bengals are getting ready to play their second primetime game of the season against the AFC-leading Chiefs. The NFL wisely chose to flex this Week 7 game into the Sunday Night Football slot, and no matter how you feel about that, this is a great chance for the Bengals to show they’re different this season after falling short last week.
Last week we saw the Bengals lose in one of the most heart breaking losses at the hands of their most bitter rivals, the Steelers. After taking a three-point lead, Pittsburgh drove down the field with over a minute left and took the lead with a touchdown with just mere seconds remaining in the game.
Cincinnati can put that loss behind them with a win over one of the hottest teams in football, the Chiefs. Kansas City suffered their first loss of the season last week at the hands of a close loss to the Patriots. There are worse things in the world than a team’s young quarterback coming up just short to one of the best quarterbacks ever.
Still the Chiefs are looking to make a statement after their first loss of the season, and the Bengals are looking to make a statement as well. These teams also happen to be pretty high in the AFC standings as the Chiefs are the number one team at 5-1, and the Bengals are tied with the Ravens, Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots at 4-2 on the season. The Bengals hold the tiebreaker over the Ravens and Dolphins currently, but it is still important for the Bengals, to not only keep pace with these other teams, but to gain that tiebreaker over the Chiefs as well.
How to watch the Bengals take on the Chiefs for Sunday Night Football:
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)
Date/Time: October 21, 2018 at 8:20 p.m. EST
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Streaming: Fubo TV and the NBC app.
Series Leader: Bengals lead the all-time series 15-13
Streak: The Bengals have won the past four straight games.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: (6-2) vs. Andy Reid (1-3-1)
TV Broadcast: The game will air on NBC-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WLWT-TV (Ch. 5) in Cincinnati, WDTN-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WLEX-TV (Ch. 2) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter).
Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
SB Nation Chiefs site: Arrowhead Pride
Weather: Mid 50’s, Clear [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals open as, +6 [Odds Shark]