9. Bengals 33, Raiders 13
The long-awaited first matchup of the 2015 season ended up being a fantastic watch for Bengals fans. Cincinnati absolutely demolished Oakland, taking a 33-0 lead by the end of the third quarter, giving up 13 points in garbage time.
The Bengals’ defense held Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, who together recorded 1,992 receiving yards on the season, to a total of just 84 collective yards. Cincinnati also held Oakland to 63 yards rushing, forcing two turnovers and totaling two sacks. This was Bengal fans’ first glimpse of what would become one of the NFL’s best defenses in 2015.
And on offense, things went swimmingly. Andy Dalton threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, notching 7.9 yards per attempt and a 115.9 passer rating. Jeremy Hill rushed for two touchdowns, Giovani Bernard added 63 yards and the offensive line didn’t give up a single sack. But in Week 1, the surprising performance came from Tyler Eifert, who accumulated 104 receiving yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. This dominant performance gave Bengals excitement for what would be arguably the best season in franchise history.
What made this game special:
Tyler Eifert gave Bengals fans a glimpse of what would be the best season by a Bengals tight end in history.
For more on the Bengals’ Week 1 victory, make sure to check out the game recap.
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