Cincinnati Bengals: Recapping the Road to 5-0

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Sep 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green (18) is defended by Oakland Raiders cornerback T.J. Carrie (38) in the second quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have surpassed expectations and taken off to a hot 5-0 start, showing a resilience and skill level Bengals fans haven’t seen in years. Cincinnati’s 5-0 start is its best start a Benagls team has had since the 1988 AFC Champion Bengals

Week One: at Oakland Raiders

The Bengals were almost certainly walking into a trap game right off the bat. The Oakland Raiders finished their 2014 season 3-13, which was better than the 0-10 start they had to the season. That was enough to make this game dangerous, since all three wins came at home last season for Oakland.

The Bengals came in with a chip on their shoulder and finally healthy players. The return of Tyler Eifert was felt immediately as he caught nine passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Andy Dalton had a great start to his season with completing 25 of 34 passes for 269 yards, and two touchdown passes. Jeremy Hill had a good start as well with two touchdown runs, although his yards-per-carry left a lot of Bengals fans hoping for better

The defense was near perfect. It left the Oakland Raiders offense in the cold for the first three quarters, posting a complete shutout until the fourth when many of the backups came into to get some time. Reggie Nelson got the first interception of the Bengals’ early season, while Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap both recorded sacks.

Bengals win convincingly 33-13 over Oakland.

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