11 days ago the Bengals hit rock bottom, losing an awful Thursday night affair to the Browns and only scoring three points in the process.
Maybe that’s what it took, because on Sunday in New Orleans they looked like a totally different team, putting up 27 points and winning in a hostile environment, topping Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans Saints 27-10.
Andy Dalton, who had his career worst game against the Browns, was the biggest factor behind the win, going 16-for-22 for 220 yards with three touchdowns and carried a QB rating of 143.9 following the win.
Tight end Jermaine Gresham caught three passes for 29 yards, but two of them were for touchdowns. A.J. Green rallied for his best game in weeks, catching six passes for 127 yards and a score.
The defense dominated the Saints, holding Brees to 255 yards and one touchdown, building a 20-3 lead before trading fourth quarter touchdowns.
The Bengals got off to a slow start, trailing 3-0 but then Dalton found Gresham for a 12-yard score to make it 7-3 late in the first quarter.
They went up 13-3 at the half on two Mike Nugent field goals, and then 20-3 after a two-yard TD to Gresham in the third quarter.
The victory puts the Bengals at 6-3-1 on the season, and with the Browns losing to the Texans at home, they are back in first in the AFC North.