Going to the West Coast is never easy, but the fact that they were facing a team with much more potential than their record suggests made the win much more impressive. The Bengals moved to 7-5 on the season and kept themselves in the wild-card picture in doing so.
They might control their own destiny if they can get to Heinz Field unscathed after playing the Dallas Cowboys this week and Philadelphia Eagles the week after. If that’s the case, the final AFC wild card could be in the balance of the two rivals. That could easily be a contest that comes down to the final possession, as both teams have gotten hot the last few weeks.
For now, Bengal fans should be content with a win to keep up with the division opponent. And all we can hope for is that the team can take care of things that are in their control over the next two weeks. If they don’t, it might not matter what the Bengals do against the Steelers.
One thing we can do is take a glimpse of what the Bengals can improve on. They won the away game against San Diego, which is exactly what they needed.
However, the win was not a dominant one, as the previous four games had been. The offense struggled at times, and there was more than one play that Cincinnati would like to have had back.
As always, the game usually depends on four categories of a team’s performance. Offense, defense, special teams and coaching.
Let’s take a look at the weekly grades for each.