Andy Dalton and Bengals Pounce Early, Win Easily over Lifeless Oakland Raiders

The downward spiral for the Oakland Raiders continued as they visited Paul Brown Stadium and the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Raiders entered Sunday’s game on a three-game losing streak.  After the dust settled, that streak was extended to four games with little evidence that it will be snapped any time soon.  

This Raider squad just cannot seem to get out of their own way when it comes to mental mistakes and lackluster play. To say that the team played uninspired would be putting it lightly.

In fact, the only time the Raiders showed any heart was during an on-field brawl late in the fourth quarter that led to the ejection of defensive starters Tommy Kelly and Lamarr Houston.

The Bengals offense imposed their will on an over-matched Raider defense and dictated the flow of the game early and often. The Cincinnati offense, led by Andy Dalton, should be given all the credit for sticking to their game plan on offense, which consisted of a perfect combination of running the ball to set up the pass.

Andy Dalton made it look easy as he ended the game 16-of-30 with 210 yards and three touchdowns.

The main reason for the success of the passing game was the outstanding performance of running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who ran for 129 yards and one touchdown.

His two longest runs were for 48 and 39 yards, respectively. It was the first time since 2010 that Green-Ellis had a run of over 20 yards, and he did it twice against the Raiders pitiful defense.

If there was any silver lining to this dark cloud, it would be that the Raider secondary did not give up a touchdown reception to phenom wide receiver A.J. Green. He ended the day with a stat line of three receptions for 111 yards.

Once again, the Raiders were forced to abandon their nonexistent running game and play catch up by chucking the football all over the field. This would have been a great scheme had the Oakl...

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