Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fans display their signs in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals put the whooping on the Cleveland Browns for the world to see on Thursday Night, winning the Battle of Ohio in a 31-10 rout. Everything seemed to work for the Bengals in Thursday night’s victory, and while the Browns actually played fairly well, Cincinnati got the job done at home in prime time.
The Bengals were heavily favored in this game, but they still had skeptics–especially since Cincinnati has played very poorly in prime time throughout the Dalton era. Thursday night’s game was a chance for Cincinnati to show that it is the real deal in the first of three straight prime time matchups. The Bengals will take on the Houston Texans a week from this Monday in Paul Brown Stadium, looking to build on their perfect 8-0 season start.
Johnny Manziel had a nice start for the Browns, but his team was never on top. Yet Twitter exploded as soon as “Johnny Football” threw his first touchdown pass, even though the Bengals were still ahead. This satyrical tweet from The Fake ESPN does a great job encapsulating what it’s like to play against Manziel in prime time.
Andy Dalton was the superior quarterback in this game. His sequence with Deion Sanders after the game was priceless and is a must-watch. Dalton has quietly become one of the NFL’s most charismatic quarterbacks after being severely misunderstood nationwide just months ago.
But Dalton wasn’t just charismatic on Thursday night; he was precise. His jukes were so convincing that the cameraman actually bit a few of them.
He was also ready to do anything, even if it meant serving as Mohamed Sanu‘s lead blocker on a 25-yard touchdown run.
Tyler Eifert was a top trend on Twitter after Thursday night’s action, likely due to his three touchdown grabs that will either make or break thousands of fantasy owners’ weeks. He also put a sweet juke on Tramon Williams, frying him en route to Eifert’s league-leading ninth touchdown catch.
And finally, here are a few other highlights of Thursday Night Football on social media:
Jeremy Hill photobombing
Vontaze Burfict knocking down a camera
Michael Johnson laying the wood on Johnny Football
And the Bengals’ glorious record after eight games