The Bengals have out and thoroughly dominated the Raiders in ever way possible. Geno Atkins picked up his 9th sack of the year on the Raiders’ first drive, passing Dan Wilkinson for club record for interior defensive lineman. Andy Dalton continued his red-hot play, picking apart the Raiders’ secondary to the tune of 151 yards and a pair of TDs. BenJarvus Green-Ellis exploded for 74 yards on 10 carries, including a 48-yarder.
Rookie WR Mohamed Sanu caught two touchdowns, including a spectacular one-handed grab in the endzone (pictured above). The Bengals ran 35 plays for 289 yards compared to the Raiders 31 for 83. The defense was dominant the entire half, and the Raiders were shut out in the first half for the first time this season.
A Mike Nugent 55-yard FG at the halftime gun tied the franchise record set by Chris Bahr in 1979, and the Bengals hold a commanding 24-0 halftime lead.
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In the midst of a two-game winning-streak and in the thick of the race for one of the two Wild Card spots, as well as welcoming back former franchise QB Carson Palmer to town, the Bengals are poised for a playoff push as they welcome the Oakland Raiders into town today. At 5-5, Cincinnati could finish Week 12 in a tie for one of the two Wild Card playoff spots if either Indianapolis or Pittsburgh loses today.
The Raiders, sitting at 3-7, are playing for pride in their first season on new head coach Dennis Allen. Carson Palmer leads the team after abandoning Cincinnati one year ago. Thank you for joining us today for our live blog. Who Dey!