Everyone knew the Chiefs would score an enormous amount of points against the Bengals on Sunday Night Football, but the Cincinnati defense looked worse than could have possibly been imagined. And the same is true of the Bengals’ offense.
The Bengals were completely embarrassed in primetime (stop us if you’ve heard that before) and lost 45-10 to the Chiefs.
The last time the Bengals allowed 43 points was on Sunday Night Football in 2014, against the “we’re on to Cincinnati” Patriots.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes looked like a god among men in Week 7 — much like he has all season — hurling the ball all over the field. He threw an interception to Shawn Williams in the third quarter, but that was the only blemish on his nearly perfect performance. He ended the game with 358 yards, four touchdowns, a completion percentage of 71.8 and a rating of 123.7. For comparison, Andy Dalton only had 148 yards, a 51.3 completion percentage, and a 63.6 rating. Jeff Driskel actually finished off the game.
Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was unstoppable as well, gaining more than 140 total yards and scoring three touchdowns.
Even though the Chiefs’ defense sits at the bottom of the league in most statistical categories, the Bengals’ offense made them look amazing. The Bengals netted less than 200 yards on offense, and nobody other than A.J. Green did anything worth writing home about. Green received 117 of Dalton’s 148 yards, and totaled about three fourths of the Bengals’ total offense.
The game got so out of hand that Driskel made his first appearance of the season (his first regular-season snaps) to finish out the game for the Bengals. Driskel would go four for four with 39 yards and one rush for five yards.
Between the Bengals’ inability to either score or prevent the Chiefs from scoring, they went on to lose by a staggering score of 45-10.
The Chiefs’s defense forced the a punt for the first time in 17 drives when the Bengals went three-and-out on their first drive. When Patrick Mahomes came out to lead the offense, he would not be stopped. Despite a great punt from Kevin Huber and a penalty on the Chiefs during the return, Kansas City drove 95 yards in 10 plays and only faced one third down (which they easily converted). Kareem Hunt made several spectacular plays, including his touchdown reception with 8:08 left in the first quarter. On the sideline around the two-yard line, Mahomes’ pass sent Hunt leaping in the air to grab it. But once Hunt came down with the ball, he kept both feet in bounds and dove for the pylon to get six points on the six-yard pass. Harrison Butker’s extra point was good, and the Chiefs took an easy 7-0 lead.
The Bengals punted again on their next drive and it only took a 43-yard pass to Travis Kelce to spark the Chiefs’ offense again. But the Bengals finally got a stop on third-and-17 after a 25-yard completion to Sammy Watkins was overturned as a dropped pass. Marvin Lewis won his seventh-straight challenge to make that happen.
The result was a 53-yard field goal attempt from Butker, which went wide left. The Bengals only gave up 48 total yards on the drive and got the ball back on their own 43-yard line. Instead of capitalizing, the Bengals couldn’t get a first down and fearing Kansas City’s prolific offense, decided to try a trick play. But when the snap went to Clayton Fejedelem, who was lined up as a blocker, Fejedelem dropped the ball and turned it over at the Bengals’ 32-yard line.
Mahomes and Hunt took advantage of the turnover and scored four plays later. Hunt received a short pass from Mahomes, broke through a Vontaze Burfict tackle (he was missing tackles all night before leaving injured) and dove for the pylon for his second receiving touchdown, this one going for 15 yards. Butker’s kick was good, so the Chiefs had a 14-0 lead over the Bengals with 13:18 left in the second quarter.
Andy Dalton found A.J. Green on the next drive, going to the seven-time Pro Bowler four times for 63 yards. Two 12-men-on-the-field penalties also helped the Bengals move down the field. The drive ended on a four-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Uzomah on third-and-goal with 7:25 left in the quarter. With Randy Bullock’s extra point, the Bengals were finally on the scoreboard, still trailing 14-7.
Uzomah gets the Bengals on the board pic.twitter.com/OD3u1WXdpu— Dadio McDuck (@dadiodefacto) October 22, 2018
Hunt remained unstoppable on the next drive, collecting 23 yards on two carries. The Bengals struggled to bring up third down, but when they did the Chiefs converted it with ease. On the second third down of the drive, tight end Demetrius Harris was left wide open in the end zone and was an easy target for Mahomes on the 17-yard score. With 1:55 left in the half, the Chiefs took a 21-7 lead following Butker’s extra point.
The Bengals went three-and-out on their next drive despite getting excellent field position on an illegal kick penalty from Butker. The Chiefs, with 1:13 to go before halftime and two timeouts, drove down the field all too easily. The Bengals’ defense didn’t even force a second down until the Chiefs were already inside the 10-yard line. Somehow, the Bengals stopped the Chiefs on third-and-goal from the nine-yard line, so Butker came in to redeem himself and knocked the easy chip-shot through to give the Chiefs an 24-7 lead going into halftime.
The first half stats indicate what kind of bloodbath this game was. The Chiefs had 89 rushing yards and Mahomes had 276 passing yards. The Chiefs’ offense was bending the Bengals’ defense to their will. The Chiefs had 18 first downs and and converted five of their seven third downs in the first two quarters.
On the offensive side of the ball, Green was the only redeeming factor on the Bengals’ roster. Green received 110 of Dalton’s 118 passing yards in the first half, and he and Joe Mixon were the only receivers with more than one target.
The Chiefs started the second half right where they left off and, despite taking a hit from Geno Atkins, Mahomes hit Sammy Watkins for 50 yards on the first play from scrimmage. The “untackleable” Hunt was held to 19 total yards on four touches on that drive, and pushed his way into the end zone for his third touchdown of the game. After Butker’s extra point, the Chiefs were quickly increasing their lead to 31-7 with 11:19 left in the third quarter. But the destruction wasn’t over.
On the first play from scrimmage on the Bengals’ ensuing possession, Dalton threw a wayward pass to Chiefs safety Ron Parker, who had an unobstructed path to the endzone for a 33-yard touchdown return, the first of his career. The Bengals gave up 14 points in less than four minutes to start the second half, and Butker’s second extra point of the quarter gave the Chiefs a staggering 38-7 lead with 11:10 to go in the third quarter.
Tyler Boyd finally showed up as the Bengals offense finally showed signs of life, even though the game had already been decided by this point. Dalton found Boyd three times for 27 yards on the next drive as the team leader in receptions entering this game finally got involved. For all the good that Boyd was able to do, the Bengals could only muster a field goal attempt. Bullock’s 33-yard attempt was good, and the Bengals cut into the Cheifs’ lead now trailing 38-10 with 6:16 left in the third quarter.
Mahomes and Hunt kept wearing out the Bengals defense, and a slew of penalties helped keep the chains moving. After going 79 yards on 11 plays, Mahomes fumbled the snap from the three-yard line, but gathered it and fired it to Tyreek Hill in the corner of the end zone to add to the gigantic lead, 45-10 with 12:50 to go in the fourth quarter after the extra point.
The Chiefs would threaten to score, but end up turning the ball over on downs inside the Bengals’ five-yard line. The Bengals gave put Driskel under center, but the Bengals would not be able to do anything to change the lopsided score. The Bengals ended up losing 45-10.
The Bengals dropped from first place in the AFC North to second following the loss at Kansas City, falling to 4-3 on the year. The Bengals will go back to Cincinnati and face the 3-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday.