Sunday, November 18, 2012
Wrap-up: Bengals 28, Chiefs 6
By Jamison Hensley
My thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 28-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs:
What it means: The Bengals (5-5) continue their push toward the postseason with a decisive win over the one-win Chiefs. Cincinnati has won back-to-back games after losing four straight. The Bengals improved to 3-2 on the road.
Return of the running game: It took 11 weeks but BenJarvus Green-Ellis picked up his first 100-yard rushing game for the Bengals. He ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries (4.0-yard average). The Bengals ran for 189 yards against the NFL's 23rd-ranked run defense and controlled the clock for 35 minutes, 22 seconds.
Finishing on fourth down: The Bengals continue to have problems on third down, converting on 4 of 14 chances. But Cincinnati nearly had as many conversions on fourth down. The Bengals were 3-for-3 on fourth downs, including two that led to their first touchdown of the game. Cedric Peerman ran for 32 yards on a fake punt (a gutsy call for fourth-and-3 from the Bengals' 29-yard line) and Andy Dalton scrambled for 11 yards on fourth-and-7. That led to a 4-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green.
Green streak: Speaking of Green, he caught a touchdown pass in his ninth straight game. That's the second-longest streak in Bengals history (Carl Pickens had one in 10 consecutive games but that was over two seasons, 1994-95). Green becomes the first player with a receiving touchdown in nine straight games in the same season since Jerry Rice, who caught one in 12 straight games in 1987, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Shut-down defense: The Bengals held a team out of the end zone for the first time since December 2008, when they didn't allow a touchdown to the Browns. Cincinnati limited the Chiefs to 284 total yards and stopped them on 10 of 11 third downs.
Dalton watch: Dalton didn't throw an interception for his second straight game after having one in his first eight. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Dalton finished 18-of-29 for 230 yards.
What's next: The Bengals return home to play Carson Palmer and the Raiders, who are 1-4 on the road this season.