1. Seahawks 24, Bengals 27 (OT)
We asked, and you answered. And it wasn’t close.
The Bengals’ insane fourth-quarter comeback over the Seattle Seahawks was easily the team’s most impressive victory of the season. Not only did the Bengals preserve their perfect record, they gained confidence that would be essential moving forward, en route to a 12-4 record.
Would Andy Dalton have been one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in 2015 if not for this game? I honestly don’t know.
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Sure, Dalton was on a nasty hot streak to open the season, but most people expected it to die down at some point. The fact that Dalton confidently picked apart the Legion of Boom and came back from a 17-point deficit against one of the NFL’s most successful franchises of the 21st century had to have given the quarterback an insane confidence boost. After beating Seattle, Dalton seemed to play with a sense of swagger that he’d never previously shown.
Andy Dalton passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third, outplaying Russell Wilson in what was easily the best comeback win of the entire 2015 NFL season.
It’s not often that the Legion of Boom gets exposed, and it’s not often that NFL quarterbacks just decide to pick on Kam Chancellor. Dalton had his way against Seattle’s safety, connecting with Tyler Eifert for two huge touchdowns.
Cincinnati’s defense had a monster day, recording 10 quarterback hits, registering four sacks, tallying three tackles for loss, deflecting five passes and intercepting a pass. Adam Jones was the man to pick off the pass, and he also had a couple of huge momentum-changing punt returns that helped his team come out on top.
All in all, the Bengals’ win against the Seahawks was easily the most exciting game of Cincinnati’s 2015 season, and it has the chance to be the best game in the Dalton era. This win was amazing.
What made this game special:
Dalton’s dominance, 20 unanswered points on the Seahawks’ defense, the fact that Cincinnati fans didn’t quit on their team and the fact that the Bengals were able to beat a team that made the Super Bowl just months before this matchup.
For more on the Bengals’ Week 5 win, make sure to check out the game recap.