The Bengals dominated the Raiders throughout yesterday’s 34-10 victory to improve to 65 and keep their playoff hopes alive. Here were the key stats that show how the Bengals were able to pull off the win:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 19 times for 129 yards and a touchdown. His performance was highlighted by career-long runs of 39 and 48.
Carson Palmer’s return to Cincinnati was one to forget, as the former franchise QB was constantly under duress and could only muster 146 passing yards, despite his team trailing by double-digits for nearly the entire game.
In the past two games against the Chiefs and Raiders, the Bengals have rushed for 410 yards rushing combined, a far-cry from the 843 yards in the previous nine games combined.
The Bengals were an efficient 9/17 on third-down yesterday (53%), keeping their offense on the field and limiting the number of opportunities for the Raiders explosive pass offense, and kept Bengals pass-rushers fresh and able to pressure Carson Palmer all game long.
The Bengals have allowed only two touchdowns in the past 12 quarters, and both of the scores came with Cincy leading by 24+ points.
Rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu has recorded a TD catch in 3 straight games now and looks fortified in the top-3 WR rotation now along with a healthy Andrew Hawkins, allowing the All-Pro, A.J. Green to face more single coverages, something few defensive backs can handle.
Yesterday’s 34–10 win marked the first time Cincinnati has won 3 straight games by at least 18 points since 1976. Even more encouraging was their margin of victory has gone from 18, to 22, to 24 points.