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Immediate reactions to the Bengals’ 37-34 win over the Buccaneers

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The Bengals’ win over the Bucs was not pretty, but a win is a win!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images

The Bengals beat the Buccaneers and in the beginning it was all fun and games. But then it turned into a slop-fest that featured the Bengals allowing the Buccaneers to score 18-straight fourth quarter points to climb back into the game. The Bengals blew a 27-6 lead and were lucky to come away with a victory after Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Jameis Winston and got the Bucs going.

But in the end, a win is a win and the Bengals now enter their bye week with a 5-3 record and are in second place in the AFC North.

Other positive notes (and for now, to enjoy the win, I’m ignoring that the Bengals defense allowed 574 total yards for the Bucs’ offense) include the Bengals intercepting Winston four times. Among those interceptions was rookie Jessie Bates’ first pick six. Jordan Evans had 1.5 sacks (and an interception), his shared one was with Michael Johnson. Carlos Dunlap had 2.0 sacks and now leads the team in sacks. And, Adolpohous Washington, who the Bengals recently signed off the Cowboys’ practice squad, had a sack as well. Most of the offensive production came in the first half, but Joe Mixon shined with 123 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He had his longest run of the season, which went for 43 yards. Tyler Boyd finished with 138 yards and a touchdown. And, A.J. Green hit both NFL and Bengals milestones with his performance. Another positive was the turnover differential; the offense did not turn the ball over and the defense secured four interceptions.

Here are the post-game reactions from head coach Marvin Lewis, Bengals players, and the fans.

From the post-game press conference:

From the media:

From the locker room:

Dre Kirkpatrick:

Tyler Boyd:

Fan reactions:

Happy bye week!