The Cincinnati Bengals lost yet another heartbreaker Sunday afternoon to the Arizona Cardinals by a final score of 26-23. This loss pushes the Bengals to 0-5 for the season.
After the first half, the Bengals were only down 13-6 as neither teams’ offense could get anything going. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had only 4 completions on 10 attempts for 42 yards. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray had 12 completions on 18 attempts for 129 yards and a rushing touchdown. The Bengals added a short field goal in the third quarter to pull within 4 points at 13-9 but on their next possession while driving, they went for it on 4th and 1 and Andy Dalton was tackled short on a questionable quarterback run out of shot gun. Arizona gained momentum adding 10 points to go up 23-9 in the forth quarter. The Bengals did not quit though as late in the fourth quarter they went on a surprising 10 play, 79-yard drive that ended in an Auden Tate touchdown to cut the deficit to 23-16. The Bengals defense got a three and out and with under three minutes to go the Bengals had a chance to tie the game. They then went on a quick 4 play 81-yard drive which resulted in a 42-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to Tyler Boyd. Even so, the Cardinals and Kyler Murray were too much in the end. The Bengals had Nick Vigil on an island against David Johnson who made a nice catch on the sideline for 24 yards resulting in a game-winning field goal from kicker Zane Gonzalez.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton finished the game with 27 completions on 38 attempts for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray finished with 20 completions on 32 attempts for 253 yards, no passing touchdowns and no interceptions in addition to 93 yards rushing on 10 attempts with a rushing touchdown. The Bengals rushing leader was Joe Mixon with 93 yards on 19 attempts. The Bengals leading receiver was Tyler Boyd with 123 yards on 10 receptions with 1 touchdown.
The Bengals and Cardinals played a clean game without a single turnover. The Bengals leading tacklers were Nick Vigil with 13 tackles (6 solo) and Shawn Williams with 12 tackles (10 solo). The Cardinals leading tacklers were Byron Murphy with 9 tackles (8 solo) and Jalen Thompson with 8 tackles (5 solo). The kickers played a big part in this game, Bengals kicker Randy Bullock was 3 for 3 on field goal attempts and Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez was 4 for 5.
Next for the Bengals is a divisional game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, October 13th at 1:00pm EST.