The Cincinnati Bengals snapped a five game losing streak on Sunday. Winning their home finale against the Oakland Raiders 30-16. Here are some takeaways from the Bengals first win since late October.
Good and bad news for Tyler Boyd
Tyler Boyd continued a standout season on Sunday. Despite leaving the game early with a right knee injury. One that could be a potentially season-ending injury. Boyd surpassed 1,000 receiving yards this season before being sidelined by that injury. Boyd led the Bengals with four receptions for 38 yards. Scoring the first of the Bengals three touchdowns against the Raiders.
Joe Mixon leads the Bengals offense
Mixon dominated the Bengals offense on Sunday. Keeping the Bengals in the game with Boyd sidelined in the second half. Mixon had two touchdowns on Sunday, one in the second quarter and the game winner in the fourth. He led the team with 27 carries for 129 rushing yards. Overall, the Bengals had 41 carries for 171 rushing yards against the Raiders.
A career achievement for Jeff Driskel
Sunday was a day of career achievements for Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel. Most notably, this was the first regular season victory of his career. Despite a career low 42.42% completion percentage on Sunday. Completing 14 of 33 pass attempts for 130 yards. Driskel had 32 rushing yards in this game; three yards shy of his season high.
Hometown rookie Sam Hubbard part of a good day on defense
After a rough November, the Bengals defense had a good game on Sunday. Cincinnati native Sam Hubbard wrapped up Sunday with two sacks. One resulted in a forced fumble recovered by Carlos Dunlap. Geno Atkins led the game with three sacks. Elsewhere, Darqueze Dennard led the Bengals with eight total tackles.
Randy Bullock has a good birthday
Kicker Randy Bullock had plenty to celebrate on his 29th Birthday. He kept the Raiders at bay with three field goals in the second and fourth quarters. Bullock also made all of his point after attempts. Partly as a result of this, the Bengals never trailed on Sunday. Despite Cincinnati not scoring a single point in the third quarter.
Ultimately, the Bengals are now 6-8 following their win over Oakland. They are still in a position to finish with a .500 record. However, they are now officially out of playoff contention. Cincinnati will now wrap up their season with two divisional opponents. Starting with the still in the hunt Cleveland Browns on December 23rd.