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Key Coaching Decision #1: (CIN ball/ No score / Fourth – and- 1/ TB 20/ 12:48 Q1)
• On the first series, the Bengals attempted a fourth down conversion from the Bucs’ 20-yard line. Quarterback Andy Dalton handed the ball off to running back Joe Mixon who was tackled short of the first down marker.
• They could have kicked a field goal here and begun the game with a scoring drive and a three-point advantage.
• They also could have used the three points at the end of the game when the score was tied.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (TB ball/ No score / Fourth – and- 1/ CIN 38/ 9:26 Q1)
• The Buccaneers attempted a fourth down conversion attempt of their own early in the game, but unlike the Bengals they were successful. Quarterback Jameis Winston scrambled for the first down and gained six yards and the first down.
• This was a strong indication that both teams would be aggressive throughout the game.
• This drive resulted in no points. Winston led Tampa Bay to the red zone but threw the first of his four interceptions on the day.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (CIN ball/ 7-0 / Fourth – and- 3/ TB 36/ 12:02 Q2)
• The Bengals attempted their second fourth down conversion of the game but this time were successful and extended their drive.
• The Bengals lined up in a shotgun formation and quarterback Andy Dalton threw a pass to A.J. Green for a 10 yard gain.
• The Bengals took a 14-0 lead on this drive.
Key Coaching Decision #5: (TB ball/ CIN leads 16-34 / First – and- 10/ TB 25/ 2:10 Q3)
• This was a turning point in the game as Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter decided to bench interception-prone starting quarterback Jameis Winston and would replace him with backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who led the Bucs all the way back to a tie.
• There will likely be debate about which quarterback will start in Week 9. Jameis Winston threw four interceptions in what has already been a shaky season for him while backup Ryan Fitzpatrick helped the Bucs overcome an 18—point deficit and tie the game late in the fourth quarter. Winston completed 18 of 35 passes for 276 yards and was sacked five times while Fitzpatrick finished 11 of 15 for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
• Tampa Bay has allowed at least 30 points in five of their seven games.
• The Bengals recovered from a Sunday Night nationally televised 45-10 beatdown at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.
• There is still cause for concern as the Bengals were not able to hold onto a 27-6 lead.
• It was a tale of two halves for the Bengals. It was an offensive explosion in the first half (27 points) and a lack of firepower in the second half (3 offensive points). This field goal allowed the Bengals to avoid overtime and win the game in regulation.
• Running back Joe Mixon and wide receiver Tyler Boyd each went over the 100-yard mark. Mixon ran for 123 yards and Boyd caught 9 passes for 138 yards and 1 touchdown.
• Defensive end Carl Lawson suffered a torn ACL during the game and will be out for the season.