As the Cincinnati Bengals rolled to a 30-14 victory over the Detroit Lions, big plays were part of the formula for success. We're putting a bow on preseason Week 2 as we look forward to the preseason Week 3 matchup against the Jaguars. So let's look at some of the best plays from the Bengals against the Lions last Thursday night.
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Tyler Boyd's 26-yard reception: The Bengals were trailing 3-0 after Detroit's opening drive, but Cincinnati's starters responded nicely. With Brandon LaFell sidelined once again with a hand injury, Boyd had a larger role in the game. Andy Dalton scrambled to his right and found Boyd right before the sideline. He dove and made a great catch for 26 yards.
Jeremy Hill's 9-yard touchdown run: Cincinnati had an opportunity to cap off an outstanding opening drive, as they marched inside the Lions' 10-yard line. Hill had a catch and another nice 8-yard run on the drive, but he scored with authority to give the Bengals a 7-3 in the first quarter. There wasn't any of the celebrating we've been accustomed to, though.
Derron Smith's 60-yard pick-six: After a handful of possessions by both teams netting zero points, the Bengals' defense was ready to make a big play. Smith, a 2015 sixth round selection, stepped in front of a Dan Orlovsky pass in the flat and made a great grab while stumbling. He caught his balance and took it to the house, extending the Bengals' lead.
Tyler Boyd's 12-yard touchdown reception: AJ McCarron took over as quarterback and the Bengals were looking to pull away from the Lions right before halftime. The team went on a 12-play drive that was capped off by another good play from the rookie receiver. Boyd shook free from coverage and McCarron hit him to give the Bengals a 20-6 lead at the midway gun.
Floyd Raven's fourth quarter interception: There is quite a bit of crowding in the secondary as competition heats up, but Raven made a nice play to help his final roster bid. Lions backup quarterback, Jake Rudock, dropped back and sailed a pass to Jace Billingsley. Raven made a great read and stepped in front of the pass for an interception he returned for 26 yards. The play led to a 50-yard Mike Nugent field goal and a 23-6 lead at the time.