Any time you can secure a three touchdown win against a division rival on a short week, it's a nice Thursday evening. The Cincinnati Bengals achieved just that against the Cleveland Browns to get to a franchise-unprecedented 8-0 start and emotions in Who Dey Nation are riding high.
Though the Bengals didn't have some of the huge plays we saw against the Ravens and Seahawks, there offense was methodical and efficient, while still cranking out some "wow" moments. Here are our nominees for the Bengals Week 9 Play of the Game--cast your vote and sound off on your selection.
Jeremy Hill's First Quarter Fourth Down Conversion:
The Bengals forced a punt from the Browns on the opening drive and took over from their own 37-yard line. After slowly moving the chains for the first eight plays, they faced a fourth-and-one from the Browns' 13-yard line. Play it safe and take the points at home, or go for the throat early? Cincinnati went for the latter and called Hill's name to define exactly which team was going to impose its will that evening. He picked up four yards, leading to a touchdown and the team never looked back.
Tyler Eifert's Second Quarter Touchdown--No. 2 On The Night:
Eifert nabbed a touchdown pass after Hill's conversion, but it was his second one where the team started to pull away. After marching on another long drive, the 14th play went Eifert's way once again. As he began to have a historic night, the big tight end helped the Bengals get a 14-3 lead and though the Browns brought it close before halftime, it was another critical play for the team.
Mohamed Sanu's 25-Yard Touchdown On Reverse:
While the Bengals made some nice defensive second half adjustments against Johnny Manziel and the Browns offense, they still only clung to a seven-point lead as the third quarter ended. Though when the final 15 minutes were on the clock, the Bengals were in striking distance to go up by two possessions. After a big 25-yard completion to Marvin Jones on the seventh play of the drive, Hue Jackson decided to dial up some razzle-dazzle. The play was a reverse from Andy Dalton to Giovani Bernard and eventually Sanu. The versatile wide receiver took it 25 yards to the house and the Bengals were up by 14 points.
Tyler Eifert's Third Touchdown In Fourth Quarter:
The third-year tight end entered the region of other legendary Bengals tight ends like Bob Trumpy and Rodney Holman when he grabbed a back-breaking third touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Even though it occurred with almost eight minutes left in the game, it became a three-touchdown contest, which was too much for the Browns to overcome.