From that point on, the Detroit Lions just collapsed. A fumble on the ensuing kickoff led to a safety, giving the Bengals a 30-24 lead.
The Bengals would take the opportunity to run the clock down some with a few plays for Green-Ellis. With just 1:12 left in the game, Mike Nugent drilled a 40-yard field goal, giving Cincinnati a 33-24 lead.
And how do you follow up a game-changing safety play? With another safety. This time, Domato Peko planted Stafford on the ground for the two-point score.
This would seal the game for Cincinnati as Detroit was now all out of timeouts. The Bengals managed to escape a wild one on the road with a 35-24 victory.
Josh Johnson filled in for the injured Andy Dalton nicely, completing 63 percent of his passes for 172 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He also got a lot of help from BenJarvus Green-Ellis who had 80 yards on the ground to go along with 55 yards receiving. The extent of Dalton’s injury was unknown at the end of the game. We hope to have more information next week.
With the win, the Bengals move to 6-1 and find themselves with a two-game lead in the division as Cleveland fell on the road against the Packers.
Cincinnati will try to keep their momentum going next week as they welcome the New York Jets into Paul Brown Stadium.