Week 11: Hill leaves Bills in his wake as Bengals improve to 6-4
CINCINNATI, OH — (Week 11) A week after their offense let them down in a 27-14 loss to the New York Giants, the Cincinnati Bengals rebounded in a big way to defeat the Buffalo Bills 37-20 at Paul Brown Stadium.
The ground attack was in overdrive for Cincinnati (6-4) as backup running back Jeremy Hill ran for 192 yards on 21 carries, and scored three touchdowns. He would earn the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award.
Hill saw action after starting halfback Giovanni Bernard left the game with an injury in the first quarter (he’s not expected to miss the any time). Also leaving the game with a much more serious injury was TE Tyler Eifert who suffered a broken toe. He’s expected to miss multiple games.
The win by Cincinnati sets up a very special Thanksgiving battle against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens showed strength in defeating the NFC’s best team, Dallas Cowboys, 28-24. If Cincinnati (2-0 vs AFC North) can win against Baltimore (1-2 vs AFC North), they will have a strong hold on the AFC North division.
Week 11 scoreboard watching: Bengals can capture 1st place in division
Despite missing a chance to capture sole possession of first place in the AFC North, the Bengals have a solid chance of sitting atop the division after Week 11 games are completed. The Ravens (5-4) look to drop their fourth consecutive game when they travel to play the NFC’s best — Dallas Cowboys.
While the Cowboys look to go to 9-1, the Bengals (5-4) just need to defeat the Buffalo Bills. The Bengals rush defense is awful, and they’ll go up against a top-rusher, LeSean McCoy, who has racked up 825 yards on the ground and scored 7 touchdowns against 1 fumble. McCoy’s averaging 97.1 yards per game.
Week 10: A Giant Dismantling
East Rutherford, New Jersey — (Week 10) The New York Giants brought the Cincinnati Bengals winning streak to a resounding end in a battle played out on Monday Night Football at MetLife Stadium.
Cincinnati’s offense sputtered while the Giants, led by Eli Manning (246 yards passing, 2 TD, 21 for 32), took control early and for a 10-7 lead and never looked back. A late touchdown strike by Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton to A.J. Green made the game look closer than it really was.
Green’s touchdown was his fourth of the season. Dalton would finish 15 for 35, 201 yards passing, 1 TD, and an interception.
Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard ran for 106 yards and scored his 6th touchdown of the season, but his team’s defense stepped aside to allow Giants halfback Shane Vereen to rush for 150 yards (1 TD). Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz also couldn’t be contained by Cincinnati’s secondary as each receiver hauled in a touchdown.
The Bengals played knowing that a win would give them first place in the AFC North after the Baltimore Ravens lost the day before, 24-17 to Cleveland. It was the Raven’s third straight defeat.