The Bengals are fighting for a playoff spot, and they opened their Thursday night game in Philadelphia like they mean business.
After the Bengals kicked off, it took their defense just two plays to get the ball back, with Carlos Dunlap stripping Jeremy Maclin from behind and Domata Peko recovering Maclin’s fumble. Just a minute into the first quarter, the turnover-prone Eagles had lost yet another turnover, and the Bengals were in business in Eagles territory.
And then the Bengals’ offense marched down the field with running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis doing most of the work. Green-Ellis gained 36 yards on five carries, the last of which was a one-yard touchdown plunge up the middle to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead.
After that, the Eagles’ offense went three-and-out, and the Eagles’ punt team messed up, rushing to get their proper personnel on the field and then having the punt blocked. That set up the Bengals in great field position, where they kicked a field goal and increased the lead to 10-0.
It’s a silent night in Philadelphia, where the fans sound like they’ve resigned themselves to the fact that their team is playing out the string. If the Eagles don’t start playing better, this one could get ugly.