Bengals Improve to 4-0; Top Chiefs 36-21 in Cincinnati

Kansas City Chiefs v Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are doing it on both sides of the ball, and one quarter into the 2015 season they look like a team on a mission. Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium their offense was in sync with their defense as they lowered the boom on the Kansas City Chiefs with a 36-21 win.

The now 4-0 Bengals matched the third-best start in franchise history, two wins shy of the club record.

Andy Dalton sparked the Bengals offense with another big day, going 17-for-24 for 321 yards and a long TD to wide out Brandon Tate.

”It’s what we expect from this offense,” Dalton said. ”We’ve got everybody back, we’re healthy. We’ve done a great job so far getting to 4-0.”

The Bengals D did the job against Chiefs QB Alex Smith and the KC offensive line. They got to Smith five times, and it didn’t seem like a big deal that the Chiefs got a club-record seven field goals from Cairo Santos.

“It feels good, man, to win at home and still be undefeated, but it’s still a long season,” Vincent Rey said.

“We’re only a quarter of the way through. We do all this work in the offseason for now, for these games, and we’ve got 75 percent of the games left It seems like the season is going real fast already, but we’ll be in (Monday) and we’ll be in ready to work. We want to get better.”

Smith was 31 of 45 for 386 yards, but was under pressure much of the time. The Chiefs came into the game with an NFL-high 14 sacks allowed and gave up five more.

”We knew with Alex Smith, he kind of panics like any quarterback when he gets pressure in his face,” said tackle Domata Peko.

“Alex Smith was on his back a lot today, and that was a key thing.”

The Bengals got a solid day on the ground from their two top running backs, Gio Bernard (62 yards) and Jeremy Hill (40 yards 3 touchdowns).

The team seems to be doing it on both offense and defense, something we’ve not seen in quite some time.

“I can say this is the first time in a long time that the offense and defense are clicking,” Rey Maualuga said.

“There are some games way back when, last year, where the offense is clicking and the defense is not, the defense is clicking but the offense is not. The offense puts us in a great situation to hold the ball, give them back the ball and go downfield and score some points.”

Video: CBS Previews Sunday’s Chiefs at Bengals Matchup

Cincinnati Bengals v Kansas City Chiefs

NFL analysts Pete Prisco, Pat Kirwan and Brady Quinn break down the keys for the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals ahead of Monday’s Week 4 showdown in Cincinnati.

Chiefs at Bengals NFL Official Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Albert Wilson (shoulder)
  Wednesday WR Jason Avant (knee), WR Chris Conley (shoulder), CB Jamell Fleming (hip), LB Joshua Mauga (achilles)
Practice Report
  Wednesday S George Iloka (ankle), CB Adam Jones (elbow), T Andrew Whitworth (not injury related)
  Wednesday CB Leon Hall (not injury related), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder), T Andre Smith (hip)
  Wednesday DT Marcus Hardison (knee), DT Pat Sims (hip)

Chiefs vs Bengals NFL Week Four Capsule



STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 1-2-1 Marvin Lewis: 5-2
LAST WEEK L 38-28 at Packers W 28-24 at Ravens
LAST GAME 11/18/12: Bengals 28 at Chiefs 6. Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton throws for 230 yards & 2 TDs. Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushes for 101 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/27/09: Bengals 17, Chiefs 10. Cincinnati RB Cedric Benson rushes for 133 yards. Bengals QB Carson Palmer throws for 139 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 135 (KC), 82 (Cin.). XM: 82 (Cin.).


PASSING Smith: 62-98-724-4-3-86.4 Dalton: 61-92-866-8 (T2C)-1-121.0 (1C)
RUSHING Charles: 48-231 (3C)-4.8-4 (T1L) Bernard: 41-235 (2C)-5.7-0
RECEIVING Maclin: 17-250-14.7-1 Green: 18-335 (3C)-18.6-3 (T3C)
OFFENSE 323.3 414.3 (2L)
DEFENSE 381.0 332.7
SACKS Houston: 3 (T3C) Dunlap: 2.5
INTs Peters (R): 2 (T1L) 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Colquitt: 48.1 Huber: 49.5 (3C)
KICKING Santos: 17 (8/8 PAT; 3/4 FG) Nugent: 19 (10/11 PAT; 3/4 FG)


CHIEFS: QB ALEX SMITH won only career start vs. Cin. (9/25/11 w/ SF) & completed 20 of 30 (66.7 pct.) for 201 yards. Since 2011, is 39-18-1 (.681) as starter with 12,177 yards, 75 TDs, 26 INTs & 92.4 rating…RB JAMAAL CHARLES has 19 TDs in past 16 (13 rush, 6 rec.). Rushed for 3 TDs last week vs. GB & has 63 total career TDs, surpassing LARRY JOHNSON (61) & OTIS TAYLOR (60) for 3rd in club history. Has 242 scrimmage yards (121 per game) in past 2 vs. Cin. Averages 5.5 yards per att. for career, highest of any NFL RB in history (min. 750 att.)…Last week, WR JEREMY MACLIN led team with 8 catches for 141 yards & scored 1st TD since joining KC. In past 7, TE TRAVIS KELCE has 39 rec. for 528 yards with 3 TDs…In past 13, LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 18 sacks & 4 FF. Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 46 sacks (J.J. WATT). LB TAMBA HALI (80.5) had sack last week & joined HOFer DERRICK THOMAS (126.5) & NEIL SMITH (85.5) as only Chiefs with 80 career…BENGALS: Aim for 1st 4-0 start since 2005…Last week, QB ANDY DALTON passed for career-high 383 yards with 4 total TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) & 122.3 rating. Aims for 4th in row with 115+ rating. Has 43-23-1 (.649) career regular-season record, highest win pct. of any Bengals QB (min. 20 starts)…In past 5 at home, RB JEREMY HILL averages 95.8 scrimmage yards/game (441 rush, 38 rec.) & has 3 rush TDs. RB GIOVANI BERNARD has 80+ scrimmage yards in 5 of past 6, incl. 83 vs. Bal…Last week, WR A.J. GREEN became 2nd player in NFL history with 10+ catches (10), 225+ rec. yards (227) & 2 TDs, incl. GW TD in 4th qtr./OT in same game (MILES AUSTIN). WR MARVIN JONES had 5 catches for 94 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. TE TYLER EIFERT has TD catch in 2 of past 3…DT GENO ATKINS has sack in 2 of past 3. Since 2010, leads AFC DTs with 34 sacks. Since entering NFL in 2007, S REGGIE NELSON is 1 of 3 NFL players with 20+ INTs (23) & 6+ sacks (6.5).

Bengals vs Ravens Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday WR A.J. Green (knee), DT Marcus Hardison (knee), DT Pat Sims (hip), T Andrew Whitworth (back)
  Wednesday DE Wallace Gilberry (thigh), CB Leon Hall (not injury related), S Reggie Nelson (groin)
Practice Report
  Wednesday DE Chris Canty (calf), T Eugene Monroe (concussion), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot)

Bengals Improve to 2-0; Top Chargers 24-19 in Home Opener

San Diego Chargers v Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals Sunday took advantage of a rather lackluster day by the Chargers, and in the end got a solid day from their offense for a 24-19 win at home to improve to 2-0.

Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes, each to a different receiver in the win, as the Bengals wake up Monday as the only team in the AFC North 2-0.

The Bengals did have their share of issues during the game, as Jeremy Hill was benched for fumbling twice. The good news – his backup, Giovani Bernard, ran for 123 yards.

”It’s our offense,” said Dalton. ”There’s different things we can do. We have a good mix of everything.”

The Bengals QB threw a 9-yard TD to tight end Tyler Eifert to put the Bengals in control midway through the fourth quarter.

Dalton finished 16 of 26 for 214 yards. In wins over the Raiders and Chargers, he’s gone 41 of 60 for 483 yards with five touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks.

The game had its share of sloppy moments, as both teams missed a field goal and fumbled twice.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers was 21 of 27 for 241 yards. He added a 40-yard touchdown to Malcom Floyd with 4:20 left, cutting it to 24-19.

His final throw was intercepted by Vinny Rey at midfield with 53 seconds left to clinch it for the Bengals.

Keenan Allen fumbled a punt on the Bengals’ opening series. Two plays later, Dalton threw 16 yards to A.J. Green for a touchdown. Dalton also had a 45-yard TD to Marvin Jones.

The Bengals will be in action Sunday at Baltimore vs the Ravens.

Chargers at Bengals NFL Week Two Inactives

Chargers inactives: WR Jacoby Jones, RB Donald Brown, OL DJ Fluker, DT Ryan Carrethers, SS Jahleel Addae, LB Tourek Williams, OL Johnnie Troutman

Bengals inactives: WR Greg Little, WR Mario Alford, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, TE CJ Uzomah, DL Marcus Hardison, DL Brandon Thompson, DL Margus Hunt

NFL Week Two Preview – San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

Wild Card Playoffs - San Diego Chargers v Cincinnati Bengals

Two teams that are looking to have a big impact on the race in the AFC will do battle Sunday when the San Diego Chargers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

San Diego looks to go to 2-0 for the first time in three seasons, they had to work hard last week after falling behind by 18 points at home to the Lions to rally for a 33-28 win.

Philip Rivers connected on a pair of touchdowns in the final 20 minutes while finishing 35 of 42 for 404 yards. He also set a team mark by completing his final 20 passes and tied Dan Fouts atop the Chargers’ all-time list with his 254th TD.

“I couldn’t be happier for our football team,” coach Mike McCoy said.

“We have a lot of things to work on and clean up obviously, but that’s going to be every week in this league playing against a very good football team. But I’m just very pleased overall with the group, the way they rallied around each other.”

The Chargers defense needs a quicker start, as they allowed the Lions to build a big lead, but did hold Detroit for the most part in the second half while the Bolts offense rallied.

The Bengals didn’t need much help last week, as they dominated the Raiders, scoring all of their points in the first three quarters, and former first-round pick Tyler Eifert had his best day as a pro while helping his team finish with 396 yards.

The tight end had nine catches for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns from Andy Dalton. The TE is poised to have a big season with Dalton looking at him as well as star wide out A.J. Green often.

Cincinnati is facing San Diego for the first time since a 27-10 wild-card loss at home in January 2014.

The Bengals won the past three regular-season meetings with San Diego, the most recent in December 2013, and at home they should have the edge here against a west coast team heading East.

Cincinnati 28 San Diego 20

Fantasy Projections:

San Diego – Phillip Rivers 260 yards 2 TD, Melvin Gordon 78 yards rushing, Kennan Allen 110 yards receiving 1 TD
Cincinnati – Andy Dalton 275 yards 3 TD, Jeremy Hill 80 yards 1 TD, A.J. Green 115 yards receiving 2 TD, Tyler Eifert 80 yards receiving 1 TD

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