The Bengals defense and special teams should be getting a round of freebies from the offense at the local bar this evening. Vontaze Burfict had a 13 yard fumble returned for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Jayson DiManche had a blocked punt that Tony Dye returned for a score. James Harrison recorded his first interception in stripes, and Cincinnati’s offense was repeatedly given a short field to work with.
Cleveland’s running game hasn’t found its place in the offense since the trading of Trent Richardson, and the Bengals defense did a fairly good job of making Jason Campbell’s life miserable. He matched a career high with 54 attempts. That’s not something you want from a quarterback that is still fitting in with Cleveland’s starting role. He had the 74-yard bomb to Josh Gordon, but that was about the extent of his success in the second edition of this year’s Battle of Ohio.
The Bengals re-secured a firm hold on the division with a 41-20 win, and can watch the AFC play out a little as they enjoy a bye week.