Bengals 12-4 for first time since 1988

01/03/2016 06:20 PM

The Bengals beat the Ravens 24-16 on Sunday to move to 12-4 on the season for the first time since 1988. It’s their best record under Marvin Lewis.

The Bengals offense got off to a slow start in the first half but eventually AJ McCarron found Tyler Eifert for a 22-yard touchdown before halftime. They still went to the locker room trailing 9-7, but it was the defense that provided a much-needed spark to start the second half. Vontaze Burfict intercepted Ryan Mallet on the first drive of the half. The interception led to an AJ McCarron to AJ Green touchdown drive to put the Bengals up 14-9, and they would never look back.

After holding the Ravens to 16 points, the Bengals defense set a franchise record for points allowed in a season. They allowed opponents only 279 points, which breaks the record of 284 set in 1978.

With the win, the Bengals now have at least a shot at securing a first round bye. They await the result of this afternoon’s San Diego vs. Denver game. The Bengals would become the AFC No. 2 seed with a Broncos loss to the Chargers and would then get a first round playoff bye.

The Bengals will also await the status of their quarterback. Andy Dalton will have his fractured right thumb evaluated on Monday.

Kaci Kust

Kaci joined cn|2 in May 2012 and is a graduate of Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. After playing basketball in college, Kaci chose to follow her passion for sports and become a sports reporter. In fact, she says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. Follow Kaci on Twitter @KaciKustCN2.

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