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Bengals News (10/29): Andy Dalton manages to hold off Ryan Fitzpatrick’s magic finish

The Bengals gave up a late lead, but Andy Dalton and the Bengals held off Buccaneers final comeback attempt.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Defense Manned Up With Injuries and History
For the first time in four years they picked the ball off four times in a game and when rookie safety Jessie Bates celebrated the last one with his first NFL pick-six with a defensive picture selfie in the end zone and 2:10 left in the third quarter, the Bengals had chased Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston to the bench and perhaps oblivion with a 34-16 lead.

Another Green-Dalton Houdini Escapes FitzMagic
The Bengals offense has been wildly inconsistent this season, lurching from game to game, half to half, even from series to series with giddy highs and crushing lows. But the one constant has been the Fountain Square reliability of A.J. Green and Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter and Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium another one of their last drive Houdinis was enough to escape the ever intoxicating spell of FitzMagic.

Postgame Quotes: Buccaneers at Bengals
“It’s good to win, but disappointing to allow a football team back in the game with the two big touchdowns and the drives. We’re still growing through some things, and we’ve got to continue to do it. We went through a lull there on offense in the second half, and with running, and being able to grind and dedicate ourselves to run the football, we weren’t getting done. We’ve got to keep getting better, as we know. We’ve got a lot of work to keep doing.”

Quick Hits: Green's Suggestion; History Haunts Defense; Corners Like To Travel; C.J. Was Franks About Call
They did it again the next week against Pittsburgh at PBS when Dalton found Green for two late plays that set up running back Joe Mixon’s four-yard TD and a 21-20 lead over the Steelers with 78 seconds left. Pittsburgh wiped out that come-back win with its own comeback, but Sunday at PBS the CPR team of Dalton and Green struck again and held on for a 37-34 win on Randy Bullock’s 44-yarder at the gun.

Bullock Kick Lifts Bengals Past Bucs, 37-34
Joe Mixon ran for a career-high 123 yards and two touchdowns, while Tyler Boyd added nine catches for his career-high of 138 yards and a score as the Bengals head into the bye week at 5-3 overall.

Bucs-Bengals: The horrible position Jameis Winston has put his team in
CINCINNATI — Dirk Koetter almost went to the bullpen sooner. Jameis Winston had already thrown two of his four interceptions and trailed 21-0 to the Bengals when the Bucs head coach first considered benching his erratic starter.

It’s emergency-trade time for Bengals after another rash of injuries
Sunday’s last-second win saw the Bengals lose defensive end Carl Lawson for the season. Left guard Clint Boling left the game with a back injury. Tight end C.J. Uzomah and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left with injuries but returned. A.J. Green was on the sideline during the game-winning field goal try getting his bare foot looked at by trainers after limping off.

Bengals limp into bye week with mixed feelings about win
There was happiness about the Week 8 win, eagerness to get out the door for the Week 9 bye, sadness about the loss of defensive end Carl Lawson, and general puzzlement about what to take away from the game.

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from 37-34 win over Buccaneers
Jameis Winston’s turnover troubles continued to derail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that was the only thing that allowed the Cincinnati Bengals to stay in the game as they rebounded from their worst loss of the season.

Paul Daugherty on Cincinnati Bengals win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bengals won, kind of. They sort of beat the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday. The newest Bengal, Jameis Winston, was highly appreciated by the intimate gathering of fans at Paul Brown Stadium. How often can a team play nearly an entire game with 12 men on the field and never get whistled for it?

Report: Carl Lawson out for year with torn ACL
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson went down early in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs and was quickly labeled as doubtful to return.

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