Bengals make history with road game win streak
12/01/2014 11:30 AM
With a win over the Bucs on Sunday, the Bengals made some history. Cincinnati has played three straight road games nine times in franchise history, but this is the first time they’ve won all three. The win not only gives them a three-game win streak, but makes them 8-3-1 with a game-and-a-half lead on the entire AFC North.
While Sunday’s game made history, it was by no means pretty. The Bengals barely pulled out a 14-13 win at Raymond James Stadium. With 12 seconds remaining, Marvin Lewis threw a challenge flag… because less than two minutes remained, the play was not challengeable, but the flag gave the referees time to signal to review the play. The refs then counted, what everyone on the Bengals team and staff already knew, that the Bucs had 12 men on the field. It cost Tampa Bay 26 yards and they faced second-and-20 from the Bengals’ 46 yard line. Terence Newman and Reggie Nelson nearly picked off the first two passes followed by a Leon Hall tackle that solidified a Bengals win.
If the ending wasn’t wild enough, Andy Dalton also played sick on Sunday. News of the quarterback being up ill all night spread during the game. After the win, Dalton’s teammates confirmed just how sick he was. Mohamed Sanu and Andrew Whitworth said Dalton threw up into a trash can during pre-game at least 20 times right before kickoff. The illness was reflected in his play during the first half, which he finished 7 of 11 for 62 yards and three interceptions but he performed much better in the second half.
Pretty or not, the Bengals pulled off a win and head back to Paul Brown Stadium still in control of their own destiny. With four games remaining, Cincinnati could go 2-2 and would still win the AFC North, unless one of their division opponents manages to finish the season 4-0. The first of the Bengals final four games will be the Steelers on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
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