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Bengals News (12/17): Cincinnati’s young players show that they’re ready

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The Bengals ride their young core for their first victory in over a month.

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Defense Gets Nostalgic
Just like the old days. A relentless four-man pass rush. Taking away the top threat with man-to-man coverage. The corners crashing down on the run game. Hall-of-Fame tackle Geno Atkins causing enough car wrecks in the fourth quarter to get the Paul Brown Stadium crowd rubbernecking. Holding them to fewer than 300 yards a 25 percent proposition and stopping them on third down a 65-percent call.

Emerging Nucleus Sees Bengals Through PBS Finale
Usually the buzz at a Paul Brown Stadium finale involves guessing who had just made their last home appearance as a Bengal. But after Sunday’s 30-16 victory over the Raiders had been constructed by guys just settling in on the river rather than taking off, the talk wasn’t so much about a last stand but a first glance and a look back that honored a franchise great.

Postgame Quotes: Raiders at Bengals Week 15
“I think the guys deserved today. They kept digging a little deeper, finding a way, and they did today what maybe we didn’t do the last few weeks: Make some critical plays at some critical moments, which proved to be the difference in the game. I’ve got to give those guys credit for the plays, and how they just keep grinding, keep playing and keep working at it. The game had some positives. They continued to make critical plays down the stretch which were important.”

Quick Hits: Boyd Status Unclear, But Not His Ode To Ocho
For the third straight first half at home, the Bengals suffered a game-ending injury to one of their top skill players that is leaving everyone guessing when wide receiver Tyler Boyd went down with a knee injury in the first half’s final minute during Sunday’s 30-16 win over the Raiders in the Paul Brown Stadium finale.

Mixon's Big Day Lifts Bengals Past Raiders, 30-16
Joe Mixon rushed for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns as the Bengals snapped a five-game losing streak with a 30-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Sunday’s Paul Brown Stadium finale.

Boyd, Mixon Get Bengals Lead Over Raiders
With wide receiver Tyler Boyd cashing his first 1,000-yard season and running back Joe Mixon drawing ever closer with Sunday’s 84-yard first half, the Bengals turned over the Raiders twice in taking a 20-7 halftime lead in the Paul Brown Stadium finale.

Sam Hubbard, Joe Mixon showed why they're part of Bengals' future
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals' fan base made no secret that they were tired of what was happening to the team in the present. Sunday seemed more of a day to look into the future.

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from win over Oakland Raiders
The Bengals (6-8) had come close to ending the drought last week but came up short, 26-21, to the Los Angeles Chargers. On Sunday, they took the first lead and never lost it, sealing it with Joe Mixon’s second touchdown of the day with just over four minutes left.

Refocused, NFL Week 15: Cincinnati Bengals 30, Oakland Raiders 16
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Analysis: Bengals welcome a different feeling
For the first time since before Halloween this team in a tailspin could enjoy a different feeling. It came in the form a 30-16 victory against the Oakland Raiders. Even though they were officially eliminated from the playoffs with a Steelers win against New England later in the day, it felt better than losing.

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