It wasn't pretty, but Hill-led Bengals get a W

11/02/2014 06:32 PM

Both teams came out to a pretty slow start in Sunday’s 33-23 Bengals win, trading punts for most of the first quarter. A 39-yard Denard Robinson run, plus a Carlos Dunlap 15-yard horse collar penalty set the Jaguars up to make a field goal with about a minute left in the quarter. Jacksonville never led again.

A 19-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to Sanu opened the second quarter and gave Cincinnati the 7-3 lead. Even with A.J. Green returning, it was still a big day for Sanu, who had a couple of impressive over-the-shoulder catches; he finished with four catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Green caught three passes for 44 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown in double coverage.

The Bengals nearly let their lead slip away in the fourth quarter when Jacksonville scored two touchdowns in the span of 1:42 to make it a three point game. Cincinnati was saved by a 60-yard touchdown run by rookie Jeremy Hill to give them the 33-23 lead. Hill finished with a career-high 154 yards rushing on 24 carries, his first 100+ yard game and his first start as he replaced the injured Giovani Bernard.

Hill’s touchdown run was followed by an end zone interception from safety George Iloka with about four minutes remaining. Iloka’s interception of Blake Bortles seemed overdue; the Cincinnati defense nearly intercepted Bortles five times during the game (three by Emmanuel Lamur and two by Terence Newman) before Iloka finally held onto one.

Dalton finished 19 of 31 for 233 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Especially considering they were facing the one-win Jaguars, it wasn’t the prettiest of wins for the Bengals but Cincinnati is now 5-2-1… and facing a quick turnaround. It will be a short week as they play 5-3 Cleveland on Thursday Night Football.


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