The sad reality of the Bengals' 31-34 loss to the Cardinals is that the plays that weren't made were almost as frequent as the big ones that were. With the four touchdowns Cincinnati's offense scored and other big plays on the way to the end zone at the forefront, the missed long ball to Marvin Jones in the third quarter and the odd decision on third and two with about a minute left stick out like sore thumbs.
Nevertheless, we're rolling out the nominees for the team's Play of the Game in Week 11. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner in the comment section!
Tyler Efiert's First Touchdown Grab:
In the first quarter, the Bengals looked to have the upper hand on Carson Palmer, as they forced as many interceptions (two), as he had completions towards the close of the initial 15 minutes of the game. As the Bengals used a variety of methods to move down the field, Andy Dalton capped the drive with a touchdown throw to the red zone king, Eifert.
Giovani Bernard's 41-Yard Reception in Second Quarter:
The Bengals were on the move again right before halftime, and they found a weapon that began to carve up the Cardinals defense. Dalton dropped back and dumped it off to Bernard, who had a convoy of blockers in front of him. The shifty back took the pass 41 yards down to the Arizona one-yard line, to set up a Jeremy Hill Touchdown right before the half. It wouldn't be the only big play from No. 25 as a receiver that evening.
Jeremy Hill's Second TD Run in Fourth Quarter:
After a deplorable third quarter where Cincinnati was outscored 21-0, they finally felt the fire burning their behinds in the final 15 minutes of the game. After two completions of over 20 yards to Marvin Jones and a big fourth down conversion by Mohamed Sanu, Hill punched in a tough score to make it a one-possession game.
Brandon Tate's 58-Yard Kickoff Return:
When the Bengals desperately needed a big play to spark a comeback, as they faced a 10-point deficit. Tate, an unlikely hero to provide a spark, brought life to the Bengals as he returned a kickoff eight yards deep to midfield. The return ultimately led to a touchdown to cut Arizona's lead to just three points.
Tyler Eifert's Second TD Grab of the Evening:
After Tate's return and an eventful drive of both moving forward and backward, the Bengals sat at the Cardinal 10-yard line. On second and goal, Dalton dropped back and once again hit Eifert for a touchdown. The score put the Bengals within a field goal of tying the exciting shootout.
Mike Nugent's Game-Tying Field Goal:
After falling behind to Arizona in that lackadaisical third quarter, the Bengals fought back against unlikely odds. Cincinnati had a chance to go ahead, but a questionable decision by Hue Jackson and Andy Dalton to throw on a third-and-two as the Cardinals had zero timeouts squashed that dream. Nugent lined up for a big 43-yard game-tying kick and nailed it.