Cincinnati Bengals capitalize on turnovers, beat Eagles

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League editor
  • Updated: Dec. 14, 2012 at 03:53 a.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals didn't look ready for prime time, much less the playoffs on Thursday night. And it really didn't matter during a 34-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Folks that just wake up to see the score won't realize how misleading the final score was.

Trailing 13-10 late in the third quarter, the Bengals scored 24 points in a dizzying stretch that only lasted three and a half minutes yet included three lost fumbles by the Eagles. Philadelphia allowed one Bengals drive to continue after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for making "disconcerting signals" before a field goal attempt.

"Disconcerting signals" has been the story of the Eagles' season, but this was a troubling game for the Bengals despite the final score.

Andy Dalton missed a ton of throws and did not handle pressure well, completing less than half of his passes for only 127 yards. The team's offensive line gave up six sacks and six more quarterback hits. The Bengals also had a number of drops. The defense certainly played well overall forcing five turnovers, but this was a fortunate game against a struggling opponent. The Eagles punted the ball at one point into the back of their own player.

The Bengals, now 8-6, have 10 days to get ready for a massive game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That matchup against the Steelers should wind up deciding the No. 6 seed in the AFC.

The Bengals need to play better than they did Thursday night or they won't be win against the Steelers or when they line up against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17.