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:
Marvin is pretty peeved. Wants players to go out and do their own jobs and stop worrying about whether or not their teammates are executing on their assignments.— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 28, 2018
Marvin Lewis said the problems on defense come down to urgency in “just doing your own job.” #Bengals— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) October 28, 2018
Marvin: we’re not making plays. We need to make those plays. @WCPO— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) October 28, 2018
Marvin: Pleased we won. Not pleased with how we played.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 28, 2018
From the media:
Dre Kirkpatrick, when asked if it's alarming to give up 500+ yards in back-to-back games: "The alarm is broke." #Bengals— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) October 28, 2018
Bucs set a franchise record with 576 yards of total offense. Can’t win when you’re minus-4 in turnovers.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 28, 2018
From the locker room:
Dre: We have to get guys healthy. Don’t go home and just chill out. Saints play tonight. Use this time as film.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) October 28, 2018
Tyler Boyd’s locker is next to Andy Dalton’s... he had a huge game and there’s so much media surrounding him that the QB can’t get to his locker. He’s leaning on a trash can watching the circus— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) October 28, 2018
The real shame of Carl Lawson’s injury is that he probably spends more time than anyone on this team trying to take care of his body. Would drive 30 minutes to get in the float tank, does cryotherapy, basically any new treatment, he tries it. Guy lives and breathes football.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 28, 2018
1. AJ Green is clutch— Thomas G. (@TGarcia82) October 28, 2018
2. Trade for help on D
3. They need to stay aggressive and keep teams down when leading.
It’s a win, hardly hard fought though. Gave up nearly 500 passing yards. This is a team that is going nowhere. Hate being this negative. They have always underachieved with Marvin— Les Hils (@HilsLh) October 28, 2018
Me when Randy Bullock's field goal was good: https://t.co/7TSqScRFNa— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 28, 2018
It shouldn't have even come to that. 18 points given up in the 4th quarter? Did the defense take the 4th quarter off? Better tighten up that shit wont fly in KC, PIT or NE.— Aaron B. (@aarondrivesfast) October 28, 2018
Onto next game good. Bounce back. W is a w. Bye week stoked !!— Deon (@Mr_513_208) October 28, 2018
Where was the offense in the 2nd half?— BENGAL1989 (@BENGAL1989) October 28, 2018
If we had done anything before that final drive it wouldn’t have got to that point.
Get healthy and relax during the bye week. Going against a great offense in 2 weeks. Oh, and HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS— Andy Piccirillo (@andypic17) October 28, 2018
Joe Mixon is really good at football, need to get him the ball more. Need to rest up heading into the bye. Come back healthy for week 10— Brian V (@BVillono) October 28, 2018
Bengals defense last two weeks: 79 points allowed, 1,127 yards allowed. https://t.co/bWrQtUyAg4— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) October 28, 2018
“How did it work out with you on Evans and Willo on DeSean?”— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) October 28, 2018
Dre: I think it worked out.
Me: I think they combined for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns... https://t.co/buDhnoVpx6
Happy bye week!