Jeremy Hill was a big reason for the Bengals’ victory on Sunday. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
In a wildly unpredictable game, the Bengals managed to come away with a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-23. In his first start of his career, rookie running back Jeremy Hill managed to lead the Bengals past the Jaguars despite several mistakes by his own team which came the game much closer than it needed to be. Hill finished the day with 154 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.
Andy Dalton had one of his worst performances of the year as he finished the day 19/31 for 233 yards, and two touchdowns to go with two costly interceptions; it should be noted that earlier in the game, Dalton had some beautiful throws to both Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green, but turnovers kill games quick. In a year that has seen Dalton seemingly step up his game, he’s made a few unforced errors in the past couple of games, which will certainly reinvigorate the Dalton doubt. If this team is going to win going forward, he’ll need to reprise his role as the heady quarterback he began the year looking like.
The Bengals’ defense began the game well holding the Jaguars to only three points in the first half. Although the Jaguars’ offense was aided by the Bengals untimely errors, rookies Blake Bortles and Allen Hurns gave the Bengals’ secondary fits at times and kept this game close. This while the Bengals’ run defense continued its struggle as running back Denard Robinson ran for 94 yards and a touchdown on just 17 carries.
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The Bengals’ defense could’ve done more to put this game away earlier as they dropped at least three relatively easy interceptions. Finally, George Iloka was able to capitalize on one opportunity when he picked off Bortles in the endzone and basically sealed the victory.
It wasn’t the prettiest of wins and the Bengals must undoubtedly do better going forward, but they still managed to retain their home winning streak, which now stands at 14 (albeit with the tie in the middle). The Bengals are on a short turnaround this week as they’ll face the Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night.
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