Bengals beat Chiefs 36-21 to remain unbeaten
10/05/2015 10:12 AM
For the first time since 2005, the Bengals have officially started their season 4-0. The return of Jeremy Hill, a huge day for the defensive line and another impressive performance from Dalton led the Bengals to a 36-21 win.
Once again, the Bengals offense got off to a quick start. Dalton turned a bad snap on the first drive into a 36-yard dime to AJ Green to get the Bengals in the red zone and they were off. Jeremy Hill then ran in for an 8 yard touchdown to put Cincinnati up 7-0. The Chiefs then went on their own drive that resulted in their first of seven field goals of the day.
To finish the first quarter, another Dalton improvisation led to a throw to Burkhead to get into the red zone, where Gio Bernard ran in for a 13 yard touchdown. By halftime, the Chiefs hit three more field goals and the Bengals still led 14-12.
The Bengals offense wasn’t alone in their strong start. The defense had three first half sacks against a Chiefs offensive line that had allowed 13 sacks before today’s game. Alex Smith has now been sacked 18 times after the Bengals five today. Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap all got in on the sack action today.
In the second half, Jeremy Hill ran for two more touchdowns to finish the day with a total of three plus a two-point conversion. Before Hill’s final two scores, Brandon Tate made the play of the day showing just how versatile this offense is. Dalton was under pressure but launched a near perfect ball to Tate made an unbelievable diving catch before going untouched, getting back up and running into the end zone for a touchdown.
Dalton finished the day with a passer rating over 100 for the fourth consecutive game. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 321 yards and the touchdown to Brandon Tate.