Seahawks hang on to beat the Bengals

AP

The Bengals have made what appears to be significant progress.

They are not ready, however, to go into Seattle and win.

The Seahawks held on for a 21-20 win over Cincinnati, thanks to some timely running by Chris Carson and just enough offense of their own.

Russell Wilson threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns, but they had six three-and-outs and lacked what you’d call rhythm in the passing game. But Carson saved his biggest run for the fourth quarter, with a 21-yard third-down conversion which burned just enough clock.

The Bengals, on the other hand, looked better losing.

Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for a career-high 418 yards, and wide receiver John Ross had a career high 158 yards (his previous best was 52) and two touchdowns.

Already playing with wide receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals also lost running back Joe Mixon to a right ankle injury, leaving them short on options late, but rookie coach Zac Taylor has them looking competent in the passing game.

48 responses to “Seahawks hang on to beat the Bengals

  1. Andy Dalton and the Bengals were robbed.

    The game ending “fumble” was not a fumble.

    The nfl is garbage.

  2. Even though they lost, the Bengals looked much improved, even without Green and Mixon, who was injured early.

  3. Andy Dalton has the 27th most game winning drives in nfl history*

    *WITHOUT any help from nfl officiating

  4. That “fumble” was clearly an incomplete pass. Al Riveron and his gang in New York showing us early on, they aren’t afraid to call it the way they want it to be. Might as well get used to it, this is only the beginning.

  5. The Bengals are gonna win games this season..Clearly Marvin Lewis is out.

    Forget about that fumble call. These Refs make mistakes. Its going to happen again.
    The game tho was stinkin entertaining.

    Zach Taylor is looking good so far

  6. Lol…don’t fumble at the end if you want to win. Seattle did all they could to give that one away, yet (as they always do) Cincy “Bungled” it. Side note: DK Metcalf had some big plays in this game…I like what I saw from the kid.

  7. They weren’t going to win again but what the hell was that last call. That was horrible. That being said I didn’t expect that kind of performance today. Dalton had a career high in pass yards and completions in his first game. It was needed because the run blocking was bad bad bad. Andre Smith was pretty bad at LT today. Hart wasn’t horrible. Sure need Jonah Williams and Glenn. I still don’t know what Randy Bullock does for you. He can’t be trusted over 45 yards. Just some bad luck on some things and a couple costly penalties. Was encouraging to see John Ross get out from underneath Marvin Lewis sabotaging him. I don’t think this is a playoff team this year but I’m excited about the season with some new direction. I saw legit good effort today. Pretty impressive since Seattle is undefeated at home under Carroll in September.

  8. El Guapo says:
    September 8, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    I agree, Seattle is totally overrated. Will be lucky to get to 8-8 with that playcalling
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    8 wins more than your Cardinals, Guapo. How was your Arizona Cardinals new coach and quarterback today???

  9. Good lord. The crying after a Seattle win is priceless. It’s always the refs fault. If it weren’t for the refs I guess they’d never win another game. You guys never learn.

  10. Seahawks fan here who thought the last call was an incomplete pass. I don’t think it would have changed the outcome. I felt like it was a makeup call for the garbage pass interference call that Pete lost the challenge on. This is football right? Can’t they play defense? That was ridiculous.

  11. I don’t care about either team, and didn’t care who would win. So I’m saying this as a neutral voice:

    I get that bad calls are made on the field, sometimes (like in the case of the last “fumble” to allow replay to ensure they get it right) but how on earth did the replay center (Al Riveron) decide that the ruling of a fumble on the field was confirmed? Al Riveron was a bad referee and appears to be a much worse replay official. The NFL would be better off getting rid of replay altogether if they’re going to allow Riveron to continue to get calls very wrong.

  12. The fumble was very much an incomplete pass. But the defensive PI against Flowers was also a horrible call. PI penalties (either off or def) are going to be the story of this season. The ability to call for a replay is just a really, really bad rule.

  13. As a Bengals fan I was upset that they lost but hopeful in how the team looked under Taylor. The difference in coaching philosophies is night and day. Marvin always looked like a deer in headlights but Taylor looked unafraid to be aggressive. The defense played amazing today with the exception to the touchdown pass to Lockett. The offense was on a new level with Taylor calling the plays and Andy looked good with the exception of some issues with the offensive line I think there is hope that they are going to do better this season especially when AJ comes back. If Bullock would have made the one field goal he missed we could be talking about the Bengals winning instead. No disrespect to the Seahawks but they honestly were not that big of a threat as most insiders had them. Seattle is a tough place to win but it is even more heart breaking to lose on a horrible call from the refs because everyone easily could see that Andy’s hand was going forward and it should have been ruled incomplete. Im not saying the Bengals would have went down the field and won but I would have liked to see how the end of the game would have played out if the call was made correctly. With that being said I am excited to see where Taylor leads this team to this year and I have a feeling it is going to be farther than a lot of so called experts think. Who Dey

  14. doctorrustbelt says:
    September 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    Andy Dalton has the 27th most game winning drives in nfl history*
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    Weird flex but ok..he also has the worst playoff record in history.

  15. The Bengals lost and they played well enough to win. How some of the posters above thought the fumble call (clearly arm going forward with ball in hand which has been the standard for a pass) was a fumble was a good call, I can’t see. As for the PI on Flowers the only way you can say it was not PI is to say that you (as a DB) are allowed to play the ball through the receiver, he was clearly early and on top of the receivers back…hence PI. Overall, as a Bengals fan I am happy with the first game but only if this effort shows up next week which I believe it will. So 0-1 but not overly disappointed and dare I say excited for the future.

  16. We didn’t lose on the blown fumble/ICP call. There was only 10 seconds left. We lost on Kirkpatrick’s dumb penalty, missed FG and Dalton getting the ball batted 4 times because our line gave out at the end of the game.

  17. That is the most accurate post about a game I have seen on here in a long time. It’s very refreshing to read about a game without any bias or chippy bush league shots. Well done!

  18. Suddenly the week 4 game against Arizona does not look like an easy win for Seattle. Next 2 games against Pittsburgh and New Orleans are likely losses. Week 5 against the LAmbs looks like another loss. 1-4 after 5 games is a real possibility. After that the 35 million dollar game manager has to face the Browns and Ravens. 1-6 is a real possiblity. If they are lucky they may escape with a 3-4 record, before facing two patsies, the Fowlcons and Bucketeers.

  19. Beating an irrelevant team like the Bengals by 1 at home means nothing. Seahawks will be the 2-14 league whipping boys this year.

  20. I loved in the SB against the Pats when Wilson threw the losing INT and the Seahawks had a petulant meltdown. Did you all see the replay of Malcolm Butler wiping that arrogant smirk off Richard Sherman’s face and turning it to tears? That was funny. And when those 2 SEA clowns ganged up on Gronk only to both get thrown to the ground by him and one ejected from the game? That was even funnier.

  21. Doctorrustbelt says:
    September 8, 2019 at 7:34 pm
    Tyler Boyd caught one pass in the second half.

    NOT a dependable #2 wide receiver.
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    Well first of all today he was a number one, drawing most of the attention. Secondly, ever since you’ve been posting on this board you’ve been obsessed with blaming the number 2 receiver for losses. I thought you just hAted mo Sanu and Marvin Jones, but it’s more than that. What gives?

  22. It doesn’t matter on that last call. Bengals had way to many turn overs and rushed for 34 yards. There’s no way a team rushes for 34 yards and passes for over 400 yards and wins.

  23. Okay, this is a pretty weird statistic. Six times since Pete Carroll has been head coach of the Seahawks has a quarterback thrown for over 400 yards.

    Seattle’s record in those games? Six wins and zero losses.

    Last time was against Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs last year.

  24. Once Seattle gets Collier and Ansah back, opposing QBs will have less time to pass the ball. Seattle stopped Bengals running game cold.

    Pittsburgh is Seattle’s next opponent. They didn’t look wonderful against the Patriots last night. Seattle “should” win. Notice the quotes, Seattle tends to start slow each season and get better as the season progresses. Not worried either way if Seattle wins or loses.

  25. Props to the Bengals for coming to Seattle and playing a strong game. They look energized.

    First game of the year is weird…all I know is the good teams win the weird games they maybe should have lost and if and when the Seahawks start hitting their stride later in the year it will be good to have won this one instead of some disappointing loss. 1-0 is 1-0…this is the NFL any given Sunday and all that.

  26. doctorrustbelt says:
    September 8, 2019 at 7:22 pm
    Andy Dalton and the Bengals were robbed.

    The game ending “fumble” was not a fumble.

    The nfl is garbage.
    ==============================

    And how on earth do you figure this?

    Head scratching call for sure…but even if its ruled the other way they are left with like 9 seconds and need to travel a good distance WITH NO TIMEOUTS LEFT to even give Bullock (who had already missed once) any sort of prayer at an attempt.

    At least try being realistic about what the situation Cincy was in. They weren’t ‘robbed’ of anything.

  27. DPI on Flowers was totally legit. The left arm was draped entirely across the receiver’s back, and grabbing on to his left bicep. I had no illusions of that call being overturned, it was a good call and I hope they call it consistently.

    The fumble call at the end was just atrocious, and the review was baffling. I agree that it almost certainly didn’t affect the game, but there was no need to doubt it, just make the right call and let them have one or two more plays. If it was a “make-up” call, it was for the lack of a call for running into the kicker on the Seahawks punt moments early. Which, I was incensed over but still, I would have also had a bad taste in my mouth if the game ended on a call of a penalty that gave no advantage and had no effect.

    Anyway Bengals looked pretty good, while Steelers and Browns looked pitiable. We’ll see about the Ravens when they play a team that’s got NFL talent and is trying to win games this year.

    Seahawks looked bad but they have started slow most years under Pete. Honestly the thing that worried me most was Tyler Lockett dropping that pass, unbelievable. Hope that was a fluke

  28. Dallas is providing the league with a game plan of how to win against Seattle. Stuff the run and force the 35 million dollar game manager to beat you by passing, as they did in last year’s playoff win against Seattle.

  29. It is hard to lose a game in Seattle if they have the 13th man (NFL officials), not just the 12th, lining up against a team with 11 on the other side.

  30. kamthechancellor says:
    8 wins more than your Cardinals, Guapo. How was your Arizona Cardinals new coach and quarterback today???
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    Much better than last year! Yes, watching Kyler score 18 unanswered points was pretty cool. And like I have said so often, the Seahawks will need to score more than 20 ppg this year to beat the Cardinals. Week 1 exemplifies that, with the Cards putting up 27 in their first game ever with the new offense and a rookie QB, and Seattle putting up 21 against a bottom-feeder like Cincy in Seattle.

    Things are looking bright. If you believe that the Cardinals will go 0-16 this year, then you’re going to lose a lot of money with those picks lol.

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