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 win as defense saves the day!

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Bengals 17 Seahawks 13

Opening observations: Holy crap. They won it.

The Bengals offense started it and the defense ended it.

The Bengals have won back to back games, 3 of 4 and are 3-3 at the bye!


Stopped SEA twice inside Bengals 10 in final 3:00.

4 of 6 2nd half drives got inside the 10-yard line = 3 points.

Game sealer: Seattle ball 1:39 to go. Offside Hubbard + 36 yard catch go to Bengals 9…. 4th down at 9 with :41 and BJ Hill hit Geno Smith/incomplete. Ball game.

Sack attack: Leading 17-13 w/ 3:27 4th

1. Hendrickson sack on 1st goal at Bengals 7 w/ 3:27

2. Hubbard sack on 4th goal at Bengals 6 w/ 2:19.

4 sacks, 2 INT, 13 QB hits, 8 TFL, 7 passes defended.

Easy peasy opening drive TD…11 plays/75 yards. One 3rd down.

Game: 6 plays of 21+......10 plays of 15+

Nice pass break up CTB on 2nd drive vs DK Metcalf.

CMT drew roughness penalty on Metcalf, later.

Explosives: Chido beaten for 32-yard completion. 21 yard run Walker. Metcalf 30 yd CTB, Smith 36 yard catch with less 1:30 to go.

Logan Wilson 3 & 11 sack

Mike Hilton INT at 3-yd line after 1st and goal...after Burrow INT.

Dax Hill personal foul/unnecessary roughness…helmet to helmet

Red zone hold/1st and goal at 5: CTB 3rd down PBU

CTB diving INT/23 yd return to SEA 34 w/ 12:00 game = Bengals FG (17-13). INT back-to-back games.


TDs 1st two possessions: 20 plays/142 yds. Rest of the game: 33 plays/72 yds


Burrow: 24-35-185-2 TD/1 IN. Completed 15 in a row. Connected w/ 9 guys. 0 sack 1st half/3 2nd half. He took some hellacious hits/couple appeared cheap. Burrow 3rd QT INT bailed out w/ Hilton pick on next possession.

Matched SEA opening drive TD w/ 13 plays/69 yards (Boyd TD).

Used Mixon early/often: 12-38 (3.2)...long of 5.

Tee Higgins 2-20 on 4 targets (w/ fractured rib)

Ja’Marr Chase: 6-80 on 13 targets. Went from 2nd QT to 8:47 of 4th between catches.

Birthday boy: Andre Iosivas 1st career TD

Stopped 3rd & 1 w/ 7 OL own 44 at start of 4th quarter. Punted?

Only 5 plays of 9+ yards...long of 31 to Chase.

Special Teams

Trayvon Williams 27 yards

Allowed 23-yard return on 50 yard punt.

McPherson 52-yard FG ….17-13 Bengals 14:06 left in the game.

McPherson 17 of 21 career from 50+


Rookie corner DJ Turner started over Chido….then rotated.

Chase 5th player NFL history to reach 3,000 yards in 1st/35 games (wore 7-11 chain)

Chase 14 straight games 5+ catches (longest active).

Burrow retrieved the TD ball in the end zone for Iosivas.

Per ESPN Stats & Info: Iosivas is the 1st Bengal with a Rec TD on their birthday since Andrew Whitworth from Carson Palmer ‘10 vs Steelers.

DK Metcalf left late 3rd with hip injury

Cody Ford entered at LT for Orlando Brown Jr. (groin) late 3rd

Mixon passed Rudi Johnson for 3rd all-time in rushing yards

Bengals now 18-17 at home under Zac Taylor

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