Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Bengals go on road and beat Titans 20-16

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Bengals 20 Titans 16

The Bengals went on the road without Ja'Marr Chase and Joe Mixon, but they took their defense, Joe Burrow and a roster that continues to show off depth, and beat the Titans 20-16 Sunday in Nashville. The Bengals move to 7-4 on the season and have won 5 of 6. They become the first Bengals team to go unbeaten in November since 1982, per Zac Taylor.

Tied 13-13 early 4th quarter, the Bengals marched 6 plays/75 yards in 1:57 and took the lead when Tee Higgins boxed out his man at the goal line for a 27-yard TD catch to give the Bengals a 20-13 lead with 13-minutes left.

Up 20-16 with 6:07 remaining in the game, the Bengals got ball on their own 25. Trayveon Williams rumbled 16-yards and Tee Higgins high pointed a sideline catch of 29 yards. They had to settle for a McPherson 31-yard FG attempt with 1:57 that would have pushed the lead to seven, but the Titans were flagged for a personal foul on the FG snap (kick good). The penalty gave the Bengals a first down and they ran out the clock to victory.

The defense got physical from jump vs a trademark physical team and punched them.....holding Derrick Henry to a season low 38 yards on 17 carries and holding the Titans to two 2nd half field goals.

The Bengals overcame a number of early penalties and bad field position. 9 total penalties for 80 yards.

Final: Jaguars 28 Ravens 27....winning on two point conversion. Justin Tucker's 67 yard FG no good at the gun. AFC North: Ravens 7-4, Bengals 7-4.


WR1: Tee Higgins 7 catches on 9 targets for 114 yards. 4th quarter: 4 catches/4 targets, 88 yards.......24-27-8-29, TD. Last three games: 23 catches, 30 targets, 322 yards, TD.

Go ahead TD drive: Trenton Irwin 16 yard catch.....Game sealing drive: Trayveon Williams 16 yard run.

Backer backing: 28 carries/108 yards (3.9)......Samaje Perine 17-58, TD. Perine has four TDs over the last two games. Williams 2-18. The two combined for 135 total yards of offense from Perine and Williams, including 32 yards on a screen to Perine.

Burrow: He was just 16 of 30, 158 yards and QB rating 68.5 going to the 4th. He then went 6 of 7, 112, TD the rest of the way. Connected w/ 7 different receivers. He has a TD pass in 18 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL (CBS). He had his 20th pass of the year batted down at the line.
He also rushed 9 times for 32 yards. Total: 22-37-270-TD, 1 sack, QB rating 91.0.
Sunday: 1 sack on 37 pass attempts
Playoff meeting: 9 sacks on 9 37 pass attempts.

Nice grabs: Hayden Hurts had a nice leaping/fingertip 29 yards grab and Williams a leaping 3rd and 12 snatch that Burrow scrambled and created. Early in the 4th quarter, Trenton Irwin made a heck of a back shoulder 3rd and 12 catch, the Titans challenged and lost.

Killer penalties: Chris Evans was called for OPI on the opening drive and I don't think was heard from, again. La'el Collins was called for a hold on 3rd and 1 on opening drive of 3rd quarter, blowing up a drive into field goal range.

Drive time: Trailing 10-3 in the 2nd quarter, the Bengals marched 9 plays/92 yards and capped it with a Perine 7-yard TD run.
That's three TD drives of 90+ in the last two games.

APB: Tyler Boyd had 2 catches on 4 targets for 16 yards. He was not targeted until the opening drive of 3rd quarter (he slipped/incomplete). He converted a 3rd and 5 for his first catch with 5:00 left in the 3rd quarter and went the tent for examination (concussion) but returned. He did not have a target into the 4th quarter last week.


They brought the wood....big time sticks + 0 TD allowed in three red zone trips by Titans.

The King: Derrick Henry 17 carries, season low 38 yards, long of 9. Playoffs 20-62 (3.1)...long of 9. Last two games vs Bengals: 37 carries, 100 yards (2.7). Mike Hilton blitzed twice and hauled down Henry for no gain.

Bend, don't break: The Bengals led 13-10 late in the 3rd when Cam Taylor-Britt was beaten by Treylon Burks for a 52-yard catch AND Trey Hendrickson was called for roughing the passer. The Bengals D bowed up and forced a 23-yard FG and the game was 13-13.

Wild sequence: Henry took a 2nd quarter screen 70 yards and was stripped on a CTB hustle play. But Treylon Burks fell on the ball in the end zone for a TD.

He's really back: DJ Reader had an early and often impact, getting his hands on passes twice in the first half.

Big break: After the Bengals tied the game with 1:55 left in the half, the Titans promptly marched 58 yards to the red zone. But CTB had a nice goal line pass break up and Titans rookie kicker Caleb Shudak (replacing injured Randy Bullock) missed a 35-yard FG with :07 left in half. Big swing with Titans getting back to start 3rd quarter.

No TD for you! Titans entered the game scoring TD's 74% of red zone trips......reaching Bengals 15-17-6-20 yard line, but getting just 9 points.

PBU: Eli Apple had two nice pass break ups.

2nd half momentum: Sam Hubbard got a 3rd down sack on the opening drive of the 2nd half.

Special teams:

Three penalties on first three punt returns....Markus Bailey hold, Joe Bachie hold, Trey Flowers block in back.

Boomer: Dru Chrisman had a 62-yard punt from his end zone. He averaged 51.8 on 5 punts with a net of 43.4.

Money: Evan McPherson kicks of 47 and 38.

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