Bengals Tie Panthers 37-37
Oct 12, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
After a game that played with the hearts of fans, the Bengals finished with a tie against the Panthers on Sunday. Mohamed Sanu’s big effort with A.J. Green out and Jermaine Gresham’s reemergence wasn’t enough to pull out the win in a game that turned into an unexpected shootout.
The Bengals come away with a tie after looking awfully complacent for much of the first three quarters; a surprising reality after they were badly beaten by the New England Patriots. Most fans would’ve thought they’d see more urgency from the Bengals this week after such a disappointing loss.
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The Bengals’ defense really struggled against the dual-threat that is Cam Newton. At times, Newton single-handedly tore up the defense with an array of accurate throws and timely runs. Newton finished the game 29/46 for 284 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Newton added 107 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
After the Ravens won today against the Buccaneers, the Bengals barely hold the division lead with a 3-1-1 record while the Ravens stand at 4-2. Next week, the Bengals will need to step it up if they are to maintain their slim divisional lead as they’ll face the Indianapolis Colts on the road.
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