On a brighter side, the team did force 5 turnovers (4 fumble recoveries and an interception), starting on the 2nd play from scrimmage. And then there was the weirdest 3 and a half minutes I may have ever seen, which saw a fumble recovery for a TD, a fumbled kickoff that lead to a Bengals touchdown. Another fumble that resulted in a field goal. All of this was started by Leon Hall’s first pick of the season. It was returned 44 yards. Without that, the Bengals may have lost the game.
Another nice stat is that A.J. Green took the season lead in touchdown receptions with 11 after Andy Dalton found him on a red-zone pass to the side of the end zone.
My evaluation of the game? The Bengals played very sloppy football. We caught a lucky break and won, so we are still in the heat of the playoff race. If Pittsburgh loses Sunday, the Bengals can go in to Pittsburgh, win, and clinch a playoff spot, and the Andy Dalton-A.J. Green combo will do something that Palmer-Johnson (or Ochocinco, whichever you prefer) couldn’t do and put together consecutive playoff seasons. Just don’t have a game like last night anymore, and you should be fine.