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2015 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head Coach Marvin Lewis
Home Field Paul Brown Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Place 1st AFC North
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 18–16
Pro Bowlers TE Tyler Eifert
WR A. J. Green
FS Reggie Nelson
OT Andrew Whitworth
DE Carlos Dunlap
CB Adam Jones
RB Cedric Peerman
Timeline
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The 2015 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, the 48th overall and the thirteenth under head coach Marvin Lewis.

The Cincinnati Bengals got off to a franchise best start after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field by a score of 16–10, improving them to 7–0. Their winning streak ended in Week 10 with a loss to the Houston Texans in Cincinnati. Later in the season, they clinched a playoff spot for a franchise record fifth straight year. They clinched their second AFC North title in the last three seasons with their Week 15 loss at the Denver Broncos because of the Steelers loss to the Ravens the day before. They lost to the Steelers in the Wild Card 16–18 in what's considered one of the biggest meltdowns in Bengals history.[1][2] This marked the 25th consecutive season without a playoff win for the Bengals. They also became the first team in NFL history to lose five consecutive playoff games in the first round. On a bright note, the Bengals were the only team in the AFC North to beat both Kansas City and Seattle. Template:TOC limit

2015 draft classEdit

2015 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 21 Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M
2 53 Jake Fisher OT Oregon
3 85 Tyler Kroft TE Rutgers
Template:Color Paul Dawson LB TCU
4 120 Josh Shaw S USC
Template:Color Marcus Hardison DT Arizona State
5 157 C.J. Uzomah TE Auburn
6 197 Derron Smith S Fresno State
7 238 Mario Alford WR West Virginia
Compensatory selection 3rd round pick awarded for losing Michael Johnson in free agency.

StaffEdit

2015 Cincinnati Bengals final staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Darrin Simmons
  • Assistant Special Teams/Defensive Quality Control – Robert Livingston
  • Assistant Special Teams/Quality Control – Brayden Coombs

Strength and Conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2015 Cincinnati Bengals final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 3 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 14 NY Giants W 23–10 1–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
2 August 24 at Tampa Bay L 11–25 1–1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
3 August 29 Chicago W 21–10 2–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
4 September 3 at Indianapolis W 9–6 3–1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 at Oakland W 33–13 1–0 O.co Coliseum Recap
2 September 20 San Diego W 24–19 2–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
3 September 27 at Baltimore W 28–24 3–0 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
4 October 4 Kansas City W 36–21 4–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
5 October 11 Seattle W 27–24 (OT) 5–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
6 October 18 at Buffalo W 34–21 6–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
7 Bye
8 November 1 at Pittsburgh W 16–10 7–0 Heinz Field Recap
9 November 5 Cleveland W 31–10 8–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
10 November 16 Houston L 6–10 8–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
11 November 22 at Arizona L 31–34 8–2 U of Phoenix Stadium Recap
12 November 29 St. Louis W 31–7 9–2 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
13 December 6 at Cleveland W 37–3 10–2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
14 December 13 Pittsburgh L 20–33 10–3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
15 December 20 at San Francisco W 24–14 11–3 Levi's Stadium Recap
16 December 28 at Denver L 17–20 (OT) 11–4 Mile High Recap
17 January 3 Baltimore W 24–16 12–4 Paul Brown Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

PostseasonEdit

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Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 9 Pittsburgh (6) L 16–18 0–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap

Game summariesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week 1: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week One: Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 17 9 0 33
Raiders 0 0 0 13 13

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
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First quarter

  • CIN – Jeremy Hill 3 yard run, Mike Nugent 1 point conversion. CIN 7 - OAK 0
  • CIN – Nugent 32 yard Field Goal. CIN 10 - OAK 0

Second quarter

  • CIN – Hill 2 yard run, Nugent 1 point conversion. CIN 17 - OAK 0
  • CIN – Tyler Eifert 13 yard reception from Andy Dalton, Nugent 1 point conversion. CIN 24 - OAK 0

Third quarter

  • CIN – Eifert 8 yard reception from Andy Dalton, Nugent 1 point conversion failed. CIN 30 - OAK 0
  • CIN – Nugent 35 yard Field Goal. CIN 33 - OAK 0

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The Bengals started their season on the road against the Raiders. They would score first when Jeremy Hill ran for a TD from 3 yards out 7-0 lead in the first quarter for that quarter's only score. They increase their lead in the second quarter when Mike Nugent nailed a 32-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead followed up by Hill running for a 2-yard TD for a 17-0 lead followed up by Andy Dalton finding Tyler Eifert on a 13-yard TD pass for a 24-0 lead at halftime. After the break, the Bengals went back to work as Dalton and Eifert hooked up again this time on an 8-yard TD pass (with a failed PAT) for a 30-0 lead. Nugent put a 35-yard field goal through for a 33-0 lead. In the fourth quarter, it was all Raiders when Backup QB Matt McGloin found Marcel Reese on 2 straight TD passes: from 11 and 9 yards out (with a failed 2-point conversion) for 33-7 and the final score of 33-13.

With the win, the Bengals started their season 1-0. The team would also improve to 1-10 against the Raiders in Oakland.

Week 2: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Two: San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 3 7 6 19
Bengals 7 7 3 7 24

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

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The Bengals' home opener was against the Chargers. In the first quarter, Andy Dalton found A. J. Green on a 16-yard pass for a 7-0 lead. The Chargers would later on score when Josh Lambo kicked a 40-yard field goal for a 7-3 game. They drew closer in the second quarter, when Lambo kicked another field goal from 32 yards out for a 7-6 game. The Bengals moved ahead by 8 when Andy Dalton found Marvin Jones on a 45-yard pass for a 14-6 game at halftime. In the third quarter, the Chargers once again came within a point when Philip Rivers found Stevie Johnson on a 10-yard pass for a 14-13 game. The Bengals pulled ahead by 4 when Mike Nugent kicked a 21-yard field goal for a 17-13 game. In the fourth quarter, Dalton found Tyler Eifert on a 9-yard pass for a 24-13 lead. The Chargers would come within 5 as Rivers found Malcolm Floyd on a 40-yard pass for a 24-19 game. After pressuring the Bengals' offense, the Chargers got the ball back. Though one of Rivers's comeback passes was picked off sealing the win for the Bengals.

With the win, the Bengals improved to 2-0.

Week 3: at Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Three: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 7 0 14 28
Ravens 0 0 7 17 24

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

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First quarter

  • CIN: 7:20 – Andy Dalton 7-yard TD rush. 10 plays, 67 yards, 5:25 (CIN 7–0)

Second quarter

  • CIN: 12:18 – Marvin Jones 16-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton. 3 plays, 30 yards, 0:19 (CIN 14–0)

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • BAL: 13:27 – J. Tucker 21-yard field goal. 12 plays, 62 yards, 5:58 (CIN 14–10)
  • BAL: 6:49 – FUMBLE recovered by C. Mosley, 41-yard TD run. 5 plays, 19 yards, 2:15 (BAL 17–14)
  • CIN: 6:37 – A. J. Green 80-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton. 1 play, 80 yards, 0:12 (CIN 21–17)
  • BAL: 3:56 – Steve Smith, Sr. 16-yard pass from Joe Flacco. 9 plays, 79 yards, 2:41 (BAL 24–21)
  • CIN: 2:10 – A. J. Green 7-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton. 6 plays, 80 yards, 1:46 (CIN 28–24)

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  • CIN – Andy Dalton – 20/32, 383 yds., 3 TD, 1 Int.
  • BAL – Joe Flacco – 32/49, 362 yds., 2 TD, 1 Int.

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After a tough win at home over the Chargers, the Bengals traveled to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. All of the first half points came for the Bengals only. They would score in the first quarter Andy Dalton ran for a 7-yard TD for a 7-0 lead. Followed up in the second quarter when Dalton found Marvin Jones on a 16-yard TD pass for a 14-0 lead at halftime. The Ravens were able to get on the board in the third quarter when Joe Flacco found Steve Smith Sr. on a 50-yard TD pass for a 14-7 game and the only score of the period. In the fourth quarter, the Ravens took the lead at first coming within 4 when Justin Tucker put a 21-yard field goal through for a 14-10 game and then when C.J. Mosley returned a fumble 41 yards for a TD for a 17-14 lead. The Bengals retook the lead when Dalton found A. J. Green on an 80-yard TD pass for a 21-17 game before the Ravens went back into the lead when Flacco found Smith Sr. again this time on a 16-yard TD pass for a 24-21 game. Dalton and Green hooked up on the last score of the game: A 7-yard TD pass for the final score 28-24.

With their 4th straight win over the Ravens, the Bengals improved to 3-0 for the 2nd straight season, and captured their 4th 3-0 start under Marvin Lewis. This was also their first ever 2 game winning streak in Baltimore.

Week 4: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Four: Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 9 3 6 21
Bengals 14 0 15 7 36

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

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After a tough win over the Ravens, the Bengals returned home for a game against the Chiefs. They would score first in the first quarter when Jeremy Hill ran for an 8-yard TD for a 7-0 lead. Cairo Santos then put a 22-yard field goal through to give the Chiefs their first score of the game 7-3. The Bengals moved ahead by 11 when Giovani Bernard ran for a 13-yard TD for a 14-3 game. In the second quarter, it was all Chiefs as Santos nailed 3 straight field goals eventually to get within 2 points before halftime: from 40, 51, and 34 yards out for 14-6, 14-9, and the 14-12 score at halftime. The Bengals however got back to work in the third quarter when Andy Dalton found Brandon Tate on a 55-yard TD pass increasing their lead to 21-12. The Chiefs came within 6 as Santos put a 40-yard field goal through for a 21-15 game. The Bengals moved ahead by 14 when Hill ran for a 5-yard TD (with a successful 2-point conversion) for a 29-15 game. In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs moved within 11 as Santos put a 29-yard field goal through for a 29-18 game. The Bengals would pretty much seal the game when Hill ran for a 1-yard TD for a 36-18 game. The Chiefs wrapped up the scoring of the game when Santos kicked yet another 51-yard field goal for the eventual final score of 36-21.

With the win, the Bengals improved to 4-0, their first such start since 2005. The defense also didn't allow a single touchdown (just 7 field goals). They also won their 5th straight home game against the Chiefs.

Week 5: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 3 14 0 24
Bengals 7 0 0 17 27

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

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The Bengals returned home to take on the Seahawks. They would score first in the first quarter when Andy Dalton found Tyler Eifert on a 14-yard TD pass for a 7-0. The Seahawks scored 24 straight points: later on in the quarter they managed to tie it up when Russel Wilson found Jermaine Kearse on a 30-yard TD pass for a 7-7 game. In the second quarter, the Seahawks took the lead as Steven Hauschka nailed a 24-yard field goal for a 10-7 game at halftime. In the third quarter, the Seahawks went back to work as Thomas Rawls ran for a 69-yard TD for a 17-7 game followed up by Bobby Wagner returning a fumble 23 yards for a TD for a 24-7 game. In the fourth quarter, the Bengals would start a reign of 20 straight points: First starting out when Dalton and Eifert hooked up again on a 10-yard TD pass for a 24-14 game followed by Dalton running for a 5-yard TD for a 24-21 game. Mike Nugent then kicked a 31-yard field goal through for a tied game at 24-24. In overtime, Nugent would kick the game winning 42-yard field goal for the 27-24 win.

With the win, the Bengals improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1988.

This win also tied the 3rd largest comeback win in franchise history. It was also the first time the Seahawks had blown a 17-point 4th quarter lead since 2004 against St. Louis.

Week 6: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Six: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 10 14 3 34
Bills 7 7 0 7 21

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

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With the win, the Bengals improved to 6-0, their first such start since 1988 which would also see them on a 6-game winning streak. This would be their third 6-0 start in franchise history.

Week 8: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Eight: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 3 0 10 16
Steelers 7 0 3 0 10

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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First quarter

  • PIT - 7:46 - Antonio Brown 1 yd. pass from Ben Roethlisberger (PIT 7–0)
  • CIN - 2:50 - Mike Nugent 44 yd. Field Goal (PIT 7–3)

Second quarter

  • CIN - 14:55 - Mike Nugent 45 yd. Field Goal (PIT 7–6)

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • CIN - 2:57 - A. J. Green 9 yd. pass from Andy Dalton (CIN 13–10)
  • CIN - 1:47 - Mike Nugent 44 yd. Field Goal (CIN 16–10)

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Despite the return of Ben Roethlisberger, the Bengals managed to come from behind and win the game 16-10 and achieve a mark of 7-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Week 9: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Nine: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 7 0 0 10
Bengals 7 7 3 14 31

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

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First quarter

  • CIN – 7:12 – Tyler Eifert 9 yd. pass from Andy Dalton (CIN 7–0). 10 plays, 63 yards in 5:13
  • CLE – 0:10 – Travis Coons 27-yard field goal (CIN 7–3). 14 plays, 71 yards in 7:02

Second quarter

  • CIN – 4:34 – Tyler Eifert 2 yd. pass from Andy Dalton. (CIN 14–3). 14 plays, 80 yards in 6:42
  • CLE – 0:19 – Duke Johnson 12 yd. pass from Johnny Manziel. (CIN 14–10). 10 plays, 92 yards in 4:15

Third quarter

  • CIN – 4:05 – Mike Nugent 27-yard field goal. (CIN 17–10). 9 plays, 39 yards in 4:57

Fourth quarter

  • CIN – 13:26 – Mohamed Sanu 25-yard run. (CIN 24–10). 8 plays, 91 yards in 4:31
  • CIN – 7:43 – Tyler Eifert 19 yd. pass from Andy Dalton. (CIN 31–10). 8 plays, 58 yards in 3:55

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The Bengals defeated Johnny Manziel and the Browns and improved to a franchise-best 8–0 on the season. Tight end Tyler Eifert caught three touchdown passes from Andy Dalton in the game, as he tied the club record for TDs in a season by a TE (9).

Week 10: vs. Houston TexansEdit

Week Ten: Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 3 0 7 10
Bengals 3 3 0 0 6

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

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The Bengals looked to remain undefeated as they hosted J. J. Watt and the Houston Texans. The Texans' starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer, left the game with a concussion, but recently signed backup T. J. Yates threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Andy Dalton drove the Bengals into Texans' territory, but A. J. Green fumbled, sealing the Texans' 10-6 victory over the Bengals.

With the stunning loss, the Bengals drop to 8-1, and were no longer undefeated, leaving the New England Patriots as the only unbeaten team in the AFC at that point.

Week 11: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Eleven: Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 7 0 17 31
Cardinals 0 7 21 6 34

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

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First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – 7:39 – Darren Fells 18-yd. pass from Carson Palmer. (Tie 7–7). 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:38
  • CIN – 1:07 – Jeremy Hill 3-yd. run. (CIN 14–7). 14 plays, 80 yards in 8:37

Third quarter

  • ARI – 11:21 – J.J. Nelson 64-yd. pass from Carson Palmer. (Tie 14–14). 4 plays, 80 yards in 1:41
  • ARI – 5:32 – John Brown 18-yd. pass from Carson Palmer. (ARI 21–14). 8 plays, 66 yards in 4:45
  • ARI – 1:26 – David Johnson 16-yd. pass from Carson Palmer. (ARI 28–14). 5 plays, 49 yards in 2:43

Fourth quarter

  • CIN – Jeremy Hill 1-yd. run. (ARI 28–21). 11 plays, 80 yards in 5:00
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 24-yd. Field Goal. (ARI 31–21). 4 plays, 4 yards in 2:14
  • CIN – Tyler Eifert 10-yd. pass from Andy Dalton. (ARI 31–28). 8 plays, 50 yards in 2:43
  • CIN - Mike Nugent 43-yd. Field Goal. (Tie 31–31). 8 plays, 59 yards in 1:42
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 32-yd. Field Goal. (ARI 34–31). 6 plays, 70 yards in 1:02

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The 8-1 Bengals traveled to Arizona to face the 7-2 Cardinals and former Bengals #1 overall draft pick Carson Palmer.

In the first quarter, the Bengals would strike first as Dalton found Tyler Eifert on a 3-yard touchdown pass to give them a 7-0 lead for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Cardinals would tie the game when Palmer found Darren Fells from 18 yards out to tie things up at 7. The Bengals would retake the lead as Jeremy Hill ran into the endzone from 2 yards out to give them a 14-7 lead at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, it was all Cardinals, as Carson Palmer found J.J Nelson for a 64-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14. Arizona would take their first lead of the game as Palmer found John Brown from 18 yards out to give them a 21-14 lead. The Cardinals would extend the lead as Palmer found David Johnson from 16 yards out to extend the lead to 28-14. In the fourth quarter, the Bengals would cut into the lead as Hill ran in his second touchdown of the night, this one from 1 yard out, to cut the deficit to 28-21. After a Dalton fumble, Chandler Catanzaro would extend the Arizona lead to 31-21. However, the Bengals would make the game close once again, as Eifert caught his second touchdown of the night, cutting the lead to 31-28. Cincinnati would tie the game 31-31 on a Mike Nugent field goal. However, Palmer and the Cardinals offense went right down the field to get into the field goal range. The most notable part of this drive, and, perhaps, the game, was an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko. The penalty was for mimicking the count during the huddle. The penalty made the field goal easier, and Catanzaro nailed the game winner from 32 yards out as time expired to end the game.

With the loss, the Bengals fell to 8-2. The loss also dropped them to 0-4 all time against the Cardinals on the road, and 0-3 all time against them in Arizona.

Week 12: vs. St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Twelve: St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 7 0 0 7
Bengals 7 10 14 0 31

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Second quarter

  • CIN – 10:14 – Mike Nugent 23-yd. Field Goal. (CIN 10–0). 14 plays, 85 yards in 6:49.
  • STL – 8:34 – Tavon Austin 5-yd. Rush. (CIN 10–7). 4 plays, 80 yards in 1:41.
  • CIN – 3:27 – Tyler Eifert 22-yd. pass from Andy Dalton. (CIN 17–7). 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:02.

Third quarter

  • CIN – 7:01 – A. J. Green 18-yd. pass from Andy Dalton. (CIN 24–7). 3 plays, 72 yards in 1:31.
  • CIN – 5:20 – Leon Hall 19-yd. Interception return. (CIN 31–7).

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  • STL – Nick Foles – 30/46, 228 yds., 0 TD, 3 Int.
  • CIN – Andy Dalton – 20/27, 233 yds., 3 TDs, 0 Int.

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  • STL – Tavon Austin – 4 car., 63 yds., 1 TD
  • CIN – Jeremy Hill – 16 car., 86 yds.

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  • STL – Kenny Britt – 6 rec., 63 yds.
  • CIN – A. J. Green – 6 rec., 61 yds., 2 TDs

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In Week 12, the Bengals looked to bounce back from two straight losses after starting 8–0. Rams Quarterback Nick Foles threw 3 Interceptions and the Bengals routed the Rams in Cincinnati, 31–7, to move to 9–2. With a Pittsburgh to loss to Seattle later that evening, the Bengals re-gained a 3-game lead in the AFC North Division.

Week 13: at Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Thirteen: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 13 14 3 37
Browns 0 3 0 0 3

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

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First quarter

  • CIN – 3:45 – Andy Dalton 3-yd. rush. (CIN 7–0). 10 plays, 84 yards in 4:40.

Second quarter

  • CIN – 13:40 – A. J. Green 23-yd. pass from Andy Dalton. (CIN 14–0). 3 plays, 54 yards in 1:15.
  • CIN – 6:28 – Mike Nugent 44-yd. Field Goal. (CIN 17–0). 6 plays, 34 yards in 3:43.
  • CIN – 3:24 – Mike Nugent 40-yd. Field Goal. (CIN 20–0). 4 plays, 5 yards in 1:22.
  • CLE – 0:03 – Travis Coons 47-yd. Field Goal. (CIN 20–3). 10 plays, 50 yards in 3:20.

Third quarter

  • CIN – 7:55 – Jeremy Hill 1-yd. rush. (CIN 27–3). 7 plays, 62 yds. in 3:30.
  • CIN – 0:42 – Marvin Jones 21-yd. pass from Andy Dalton. (CIN 34–3). 7 plays, 62 yds. in 3:53.

Fourth quarter

  • CIN – 5:47 – Mike Nugent 20-yd. Field Goal. (CIN 37–3). 9 plays, 31 yds. in 5:44.

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  • CIN – Andy Dalton – 14/19, 220 yds., 2 TD
  • CLE – Austin Davis – 25/38, 230 yds. , 0 TD, 1 INT.

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  • CIN – Jeremy Hill – 22 car., 98 yds., 1 TD
  • CLE – Isaiah Crowell – 11 car., 62 yds.

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  • CIN – A. J. Green – 5 rec., 128 yds., 1 TD
  • CLE – Brian Hartline – 8 rec., 83 yds.

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With the convincing road win, the Bengals improved to 10–2 on the season, sweeping the Browns for the first time since 2011. This is also their largest win in the Bengals Browns series.

Week 14: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Fourteen: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 9 7 10 33
Bengals 0 7 3 10 20

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Not only did the Bengals lose 33-20 and drop to 10-3, but lost quarterback Andy Dalton to a broken thumb in the first quarter. He missed the rest of the season and his loss shattered the Bengals' Super Bowl hopes. Second year quarterback AJ McCarron took over for the game's remainder. Along with Dalton, Tyler Eifert, who returned from a stinger, left the game with a concussion.

Week 15: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Fifteen: Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 21 3 0 24
49ers 0 0 7 7 14

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: December 20
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/F, cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,799
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots and Jay Feely
  • Recap, Gamebook
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First quarter

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Second quarter

  • CIN – 5:16 – Jeremy Hill 1-yd. rush. (CIN 7–0). 5 plays, 11 yards in 5:45.
  • CIN – 1:17 – Jeremy Hill 1-yd. rush. (CIN 14–0). 5 plays, 36 yards in 2:05.
  • CIN – 0:53 – Tyler Kroft 20-yd. pass from AJ McCarron. (CIN 21–0). 1 play, 20 yards in 0:05.

Third quarter

  • CIN – 8:40 – Mike Nugent 22-yd. Field Goal. (CIN 24–0). 13 plays, 70 yards in 6:20.
  • SF – 3:14 – Bruce Miller 1-yd. rush. (CIN 24–7). 5 plays, 46 yards in 1:36.

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  • CIN – AJ McCarron – 15/21, 192 yds., 1 TD
  • SF – Blaine Gabbert – 30/50, 295 yds., 1 TD, 3 INT

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Top receivers

  • CIN – Marvin Jones – 4 rec., 89 yds.
  • SF – Anquan Boldin – 8 rec., 74 yds., 1 TD

Top tacklers

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Notes

This was AJ McCarron's first game as starting quarterback, and the Bengals' first win at San Francisco since 1974.

With the win, the Bengals improved to 11-3. However, due to Pittsburgh beating Denver, they were unable to clinch the AFC North.

Week 16: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Sixteen: Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 7 0 3 17
Broncos 0 3 7 7 20

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 28
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/F, mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,868
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • CIN – 10:51 – Mohamed Sanu 6-yd. rush. (CIN 14–0). 13 plays, 90 yds. in 7:50.
  • DEN – 0:18 – Brandon McManus 23-yd. field goal. (CIN 14–3). 7 plays, 60 yds. in 2:12.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • DEN – 11:17 – C.J. Anderson 39-yd. rush. (DEN 17–14). 2 plays, 52 yds. in 0:34.
  • CIN – 6:46 – Mike Nugent 52-yd. field goal. (Tie 17–17). 11 plays, 46 yds. in 4:31.

Overtime

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 37-yd. field goal. (DEN 20–17). 14 plays, 61 yds. in 5:00.

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  • CIN – AJ McCarron – 22/35, 200 yds., 1 TD
  • DEN – Brock Osweiler – 27/39, 299 yds., 1 TD

Top rushers

  • CIN – Jeremy Hill - 19 car., 63 yds.
  • DEN – C.J. Anderson – 9 car., 73 yds., 1 TD

Top receivers

  • CIN – A. J. Green – 5 rec., 57 yds., 1 TD
  • DEN – Owen Daniels – 5 rec., 70 yds.

Top tacklers

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Due to the Steelers' loss to the Ravens the previous day, the Bengals entered the game as the AFC North champions. The Bengals rushed out to a 14–0 lead in the first half on a McCarron touchdown pass and a Mohamed Sanu rush, but Denver cut the deficit to 11 points as Brandon McManus nailed a short 23-yard field goal with just 18 seconds remaining before halftime. In the second half, momentum shifted mightily after a missed field goal by Mike Nugent in the third. Emmanuel Sanders hauled in an 8-yard pass from Brock Osweiler to cut the deficit to 14–10, and Denver claimed the lead for the first time in the game on a 39-yard touchdown run by C.J. Anderson with 11:17 remaining in the 4th Quarter. The Bengals marched down the field to tie the game on Mike Nugent's season-long 52-yard field goal, making the score 17–17 at the end of regulation. The tired Bengals failed to put any points on the board in the extra period, allowing a 37-yard McManus field goal to make the score 20–17 Denver. A botched snap on the ensuing Bengals drive was recovered by the Broncos, ending the game and Cincinnati's hopes for a first-round bye in the playoffs. With the loss, the Bengals fell to 11–4 on the season.

The loss was also the 10th straight in Denver for the Bengals, dating back to 1975.

Week 17: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Seventeen: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 9 0 7 16
Bengals 0 7 14 3 24

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: January 3, 2016
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/F, mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 57,254
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • BAL – 12:56 – Justin Tucker 28-yd. field goal. (BAL 3–0). 7 plays, 38 yards in 2:14.
  • BAL – 5:00 – Justin Tucker 50-yd. field goal. (BAL 6–0). 10 plays, 33 yards in 4:24.
  • CIN – 1:56 – Tyler Eifert 22-yd. pass from AJ McCarron. (CIN 7–6). 8 plays, 81 yards in 3:06.
  • BAL – 0:03 – Justin Tucker 49-yd. field goal. (BAL 9–7). 10 plays, 55 yds. in 1:49.

Third quarter

  • CIN – 11:22 – A. J. Green 5-yd. pass from AJ McCarron. (CIN 14–9). 5 plays, 33 yards in 2:34.
  • CIN – 7:05 – Jeremy Hill 38-yd. run. (CIN 21–9). 6 plays, 62 yards in 2:12.

Fourth quarter

  • CIN – 4:11 – Mike Nugent 52-yd. field goal. (CIN 24–9). 8 plays, 21 yards in 4:27.
  • BAL – 1:47 – Kyle Juszczyk 2-yd. pass from Ryan Mallett. (CIN 24–16). 8 plays, 75 yards in 2:19.

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  • BAL – Ryan Mallett – 30/56, 292 yds., 1 TD
  • CIN – AJ McCarron – 17/27, 160 yds., 2 TD

Top rushers

  • BAL – Javorius Allen – 15 car., 38 yds.
  • CIN – Jeremy Hill – 16 car., 96 yds., 1 TD

Top receivers

  • BAL – Kamar Aiken – 5 rec., 76 yds.
  • CIN – Tyler Eifert – 4 rec., 51 yds., 1 TD

Top tacklers

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Cincinnati returned home to Paul Brown Stadium to face the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens in the final game of the NFL regular season. After offensive struggles by both teams during the opening quarter, the Ravens got on the board with a 28-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. Later on in the quarter, Tucker would add three more with another field goal, this time from 50 yards out. With 1:56 remaining in the first half, Tyler Eifert, back after missing two games due to injury, caught a 22-yard pass from McCarron as the Bengals took the lead, 7–6. Baltimore would later re-take the lead, 9–7, as time expired in the half with a third Tucker field goal from 49 yards. Cincinnati came out strong in the second half, scoring 17 unanswered points en route to the 24–16 victory. 57,254 were in attendance, the smallest crowd at Paul Brown Stadium of the season.

With the win, the Bengals finished the season tying their franchise-best record in a 16-game season at 12-4. However, the Broncos' win over the Chargers later on in the day gave the Bengals the #3 seed in the postseason.

PostseasonEdit

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AFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. #6 Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: #6 Pittsburgh Steelers at #3 Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 9 3 18
Bengals 0 0 0 16 16

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
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First quarter

  • None

Second quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 39-yard field goal, 2:32 Steelers 3–0. Drive: 6 plays, 20 yards, 2:30.
  • PIT – Chris Boswell 30-yard field goal, 0:37 Steelers 6–0. Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards, 1:16.

Third quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 34-yard field goal, 10:09 Steelers 9–0. Drive: 5 plays, 46 yards, 2:04.
  • PIT – Martavis Bryant 10-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (conversion no good), 5:02 Steelers 15–0. Drive: 6 plays, 82 yards, 3:29.

Fourth quarter

  • CIN – Jeremy Hill 1-yard run (Mike Nugent kick), 13:57 Steelers 15–7 Drive: 3 plays, 46 yards, 0:50.
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 36-yard field goal, 5:12 Steelers 15–10 Drive: 13 plays, 70 yards, 5:59.
  • CIN – A. J. Green 25-yard pass from AJ McCarron (conversion no good), 1:50 Bengals 16–15 Drive: 7 plays, 45 yards, 1:38.
  • PIT – Chris Boswell 35-yard field goal, 0:14 Steelers 18–16 Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 1:09.

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The Steelers put up a 15-0 lead before the Bengals scored 16 unanswered in the fourth quarter to lead it 16-15. The Steelers drove down the field down the field and retook the lead when Chris Boswell made it 18-16. AJ McCarron tried to go for a miracle with 0:06 left in the game but it fell incomplete leading to the Bengals being one and done for a 5th year in a row and dropping their overall record to 12-5.

The Bengals are the first team to go to the playoffs for 5 straight years and be one and done.

The team also dropped to 0-2 against the Steelers in the postseason and 0-7 with Marvin in the postseason.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

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ConferenceEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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