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Key Coaching Decision #1: (CIN ball, no score / fourth-and-2, OAK 37 / 5:44 Q1)
Key Coaching Decision #2: (CIN ball, leading 7-0 / fourth-and-1, OAK 1 /10:17 Q2)
• Marvin Lewis was aggressive on fourth down. This led to two touchdowns early in the game:
• The Bengals first fourth-down conversion extended a Bengals drive that later led to a touchdown. Jeff Driskel found Tyler Boyd for a 7-yard conversion with 5:44 left in the first quarter in a scoreless game. The drive ended with Boyd scoring on another 7-yard pass with 3:00 remaining in the first quarter.
• On fourth-and-goal, with a seven-point lead, rather than kick a field goal to go up 10 points, the Bengals went for a fourth-and-goal conversion. Bengals running back Joe Mixon took a handoff into the end zone to give the Bengals a two-score advantage that the Raiders could not overcome.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (OAK ball, trailing 7-0 / second-and-9, CIN 42 / 0:27 Q1)
• The Raiders take a timeout here that they would need on their final drive of the half. They would use timeouts with the Bengals on offense to get the ball back before halftime and an opportunity to score points. However, they needed this one to be able to kick a field goal or score a touchdown. Without this timeout, overcoming a 20-7 deficit at the half would prove more difficult. The Raiders reached near midfield before time ran out.
• Cincinnati ended a five-game losing streak. They may play the role of spoiler as they face the Cleveland Browns, a team with playoff hopes, this Sunday.
• The Bengals offense performed decently for a second straight game without QB Andy Dalton. Joe Mixon had a second straight 100-yard rushing effort as he ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns but Jeff Driskel wasn’t as sharp as he was last week. He threw a TD and an INT and finished 14 of 33 for 130 yards.
• Raiders QB David Carr has not thrown an interception in nine straight games.
• One of the biggest differences in the game came on third down. Both teams faced many third-down opportunities but the Bengals greatly outperformed the Raiders. The Bengals were 8-of-19 on third down while the Raiders were 3-of-14 on third down.