5. Browns 10, Bengals 31
The Bengals’ inability to win in prime time had long haunted Cincinnati, but midway through the season, Paul Brown Stadium enjoyed one of the most dominant performances of the 2015 season right under the lights.
Benefitting from three touchdown passes from Andy Dalton to Tyler Eifert, the Bengals whooped the Browns on national television to the tune of a 21-point victory. Even more impressive than the offensive dominance is the defense’s standout play; the Bengals shut out the Browns in the second half.
The Bengals tallied 152 rushing yards and a touchdown, thanks to a 25-yard TD scamper by Mohamed Sanu. The Bengals boasted three pass-catchers with at least 50 yards receiving, while the Browns’ leading receiver was running back Duke Johnson, with just 38 yards on two catches. The Browns couldn’t run or pass, and they couldn’t stop the Bengals’ offense, either.
After the Bengals’ Thursday night beatdown, Cincinnati boasted an 8-0 record and had finally seemed to shake the prime time narrative for good. In addition, the Bengals’ defense had clearly established itself as one of the league’s best and Andy Dalton cemented himself as one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks.
What made this game special:
The Bengals overcame their demons in a game that looked eerily similar to a 2014 meltdown. Not only that, the Bengals did it on national television and completed a perfect first half of the 2015 season.
For more on the Bengals’ Week 9 win, make sure to check out the game recap.
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