The Bengals gave us some football that was actually watchable. It still ended in a loss, but at least it wasn’t as embarrassing as it has been this season.
There were still plenty of fan reactions to the game for us to get through this week.
Starting with the good
There wasn’t a whole lot of good from this game despite it being close. Cincinnati had their highlight of the season with Joe Mixon reversing field for his first rushing touchdown of the season in front of his family in friends he brought to the game. Not to mention he showed what is most important as part of his celebration.
good for joe, that was fun— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) November 17, 2019
Joe Mixon did everything himself and I feel like this is the first time the Bengals have led by a touchdown in the first quarter this year? I don't know if I have time to go look it up.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) November 17, 2019
You had to figure any rushing TD by the Bengals this year would have to look like that. All RB overcoming a series of missed blocks by the line.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) November 17, 2019
Great individual effort by Mixon on the TD run.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) November 17, 2019
Holy shit... a rushing touchdown, by a running back.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 17, 2019
Today might not be so bad.
Joe Mixon is special. His under usage is criminal.— Santori Miles (@santori_miles) November 17, 2019
Bengals had Raiders’ fans sweating after one quarter
Cincinnati took a lead into the second quarter against a team competing for a playoff spot. It has been that kind of season where that is a notable morale victory for the Bengals. The Raiders fans weren’t happy with this at all, and they were apparently quick to let their team know it.
Murmurs and boos coming from the crowd after the #Bengals D forces the Raiders into fourth annd long.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) November 17, 2019
Raiders fans with very little tolerance for trailing the Bengals at the end of the first quarter.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) November 17, 2019
And how about this: It's the first time all year the #Bengals D has pitched shutouts in back to back quarters. The Ravens didn't score in the 4Q last week, and the Raiders don't in the 1Q here.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) November 17, 2019
It's on the 9th scoreless quarter all season.
Defensive line holding their own
The defense did end up holding their own relatively well in this game. They gave up some pretty big plays, but they held Oakland to 17 points, which should be seen as a win for the defense in today’s NFL where offense rules. One of the biggest reasons for that was the defensive line having themselves an afternoon.
Every Bengals DT has made a big play today. Billings, Atkins and Tupou all tearing up the Raiders interior OL.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) November 17, 2019
Josh Tupou is having a nice first half.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) November 17, 2019
Bengals D-Line bringing good pressure but our DB’s just causally letting Oakland catch every single ball possible.— Skipper (@TheCremeens10) November 17, 2019
Gruden is going to have to leave an extra blocker in the game. Bengals are all over Carr.— Oakland Raiders Abuse Victim (@RaidersDash) November 17, 2019
Lawson and Bates making plays on defense. That’s really nice to see. #Bengals— Rick Ucchino (@RickESPN1530) November 17, 2019
The #Bengals had six sacks in the last eight games. They have 3 today.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) November 17, 2019
Derek Carr was lucky to hold on to the ball. Carl Lawson beat LT Kolton Miller on a speed rush. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) November 17, 2019
Carl Lawson been a dog— (@FFGeno4) November 17, 2019
CARL LAWSON IS FAST.— Captain (@BengalsCaptain) November 17, 2019
Raiders bust down the gates
Oakland had a stretch where they just had Cincinnati’s defense on skates. They scored several easy looking touchdowns and took the lead.
Utterly fooled by the misdirection https://t.co/mJHOZ1zFLU— Bengals UK (@WhoDey_UK) November 17, 2019
Entire #Bengals defense was fooled by the misdirection play. (Evergreen tweet)— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) November 17, 2019
The #Bengals have zero idea how to cover anyone.— Santori Miles (@santori_miles) November 17, 2019
Carr is 11/11
Moreau was so wide open there, I can only assume the Bengals thought the Raiders had already moved to Vegas— Steve, but in November (@steveohrourke) November 17, 2019
Over the last two games, BAL's Lamar Jackson and OAK's Derek Carr are 25-of-27 passing for 331 yards in the first half against the Bengals.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) November 17, 2019
One incompletion was a spike. The other was a dropped TD in the end zone.
I know the Bengals have issues all over, but here's a game where the complete difference in score is because one QB is playing well and the other isn't.— Jeaux Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) November 17, 2019
CARL LAWSON IS FAST.— Captain (@BengalsCaptain) November 17, 2019
Interceptions to keep the tank alive
Ryan Finley was handed the keys to a two-minute drive to try and at least tie the game with the Bengals only down by seven. It didn’t take long for those hopes to be dashed, and it really gave this fan base a pretty clear answer as to whether this team has to draft a quarterback as soon as possible in the next draft.
Some fans were bummed by the interception and others celebrated as the pick keeps them ahead of Washington who is the only team with just a single win in the NFL.
The big drive for Finley goes down as sack and interception.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) November 18, 2019
Will be 0-10 for the #Bengals.
Ryan Finley is not it.— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) November 18, 2019
0-10.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) November 18, 2019
#Bengals just demonstrated what NOT to do in a two-minute drill.— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) November 18, 2019
Man. The Bengals are bad.— Sam Greene (@SGdoesit) November 18, 2019
Zac Taylor was given a gift by the Raiders to have the ball with 2 minutes left in the game. He chose not to put Dalton in for the 2 minute drill. It’s obvious Zac. You are trying to tank. It’s ok to admit it. #bengals— Nick Pastura (@SenorNickyP) November 18, 2019
Bengals now tied for worst start in franchise history, matching the 1993 club that opened 0-10.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) November 18, 2019
You know I expected so much more than letting the Bengals think they were gonna have their first W like SHEESH— YESica Rabbit (@BetterOffRedd) November 18, 2019
You gotta blow up that Bengals franchise, light the fuse and plug your ears...— Mat Smith (@RealMatSmith) November 18, 2019
Bengals eliminated from playoff contention, according to Redzone. lol— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) November 18, 2019
Dating back to last season, the #Bengals have now lost 12 games in a row.— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) November 18, 2019