Cincinnati, Oh. (by Ryan Stanton, WTVQ) – I guess the Bengals need a little adversity to get everyone on the same page in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Besides Bengals kicker, Mike Nugent still being off the mark and missing another extra point, all phases of the game came together today. Unfortunately, not many got to see the game in person, with the record and weather contributing to a half filled Paul Brown Stadium.
Maybe it’s the arrival of (near) wintry weather that we are accustomed to this time of year or the fact that Andy Dalton didn’t have his most trusty receiver, but it was definitely one of the best first half performances of the year and a pretty good second half as well. Speaking of the QB position, Andy Dalton had one of his best performances with a good passing game and spreading the wealth among various receiving options. The defense also came together, topping off a strong performance with a Vontaze Burfict interception of a Carson Wentz pass with about 3:52 left in the 4th quarter. Bengals win, 32-14 over the Philadelphia Eagles.
I think the moral of the story for this season is that like Forest Gump’s “box of chocolates”, we never know what we are going to get. This week is the milk chocolate with coconut filling(one of my favorites…sorry if it’s not yours), but next week we may end up with the one with the pink filling that nobody likes. The good news is that the season is still exciting and we are still getting good football, thanks to the Queen City. The better news is that it won’t take a great performance since next week the Bengals take on the winless in-state rival, Cleveland Browns.