Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts to throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Eifert (not pictured) in the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-0. With a 31-10 rout of the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati has become the first NFL team to reach 8-0 in the 2015 season. The Bengals’ 8-0 start is the best start in franchise history, and their eight-game winning streak is the longest winning streak in team history.
Andy Dalton and Johnny Manziel both played well in the first half. Dalton completed nine of his 13 passes, throwing for 77 yards and two touchdowns and a 124.0 passer rating. Manziel completed 11 of his 18 passes, gaining 128 yards through the air and passing for a touchdown. He tacked on 11 rushing yards, earning a QB rating of 101.2. Neither quarterback–or team–turned the ball over in the first half.
Neither team was able to establish a running game early, although Isaiah Crowell had a couple of nice plays, including a sweet 13-yard run. Manziel’s touchdown pass to Duke Johnson helped the Browns stay in the game against Cincinnati, bringing Cleveland within a 10-14 reach at halftime.
Cincinnati immediately got back to work in the second half, scoring 17 unanswered points to take a 31-10 lead, thanks to a 25-yard touchdown run by Mohamed Sanu and a third touchdown catch by Tyler Eifert. And the Bengals’ defense did a tremendous job, forcing four straight three-and-outs and landing some major hits on Johnny Football.
Andy Dalton finished the game having completed 21 of his 27 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns. The Bengals didn’t turn the ball over once, and they were able to distribute the ball all over on offense. Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard combined for 124 yards rushing on 28 carries, Marvin Jones caught five passes for 78 yards and A.J. Green hauled in four passes for 53 yards. Eifert also ended the game with 53 yards on five catches, but he scored three touchdowns in the process.
The Cincinnati Bengals are now the first NFL team to reach an 8-0 record and will look to continue their success next Monday Night against the Houston Texans in the second of three straight prime time matchups.