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Sunday, October 11, 2015

 

Seattle Seahawks Mascot Pictured above.

In Cincinnati this afternoon, the Seattle Seahawks blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing the Cincinnati Bengals to crawl back and eventually take the victory in overtime.

What seemed like a well-played game from Seattle, would eventually turn into a disaster. With the absence of their star running back, Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks had to rely on a number of backups to bring their running game to life. Seattle backup running back, Thomas Rawls, managed to do well for the Seahawks finishing with 23 carries, 169 yards and a touchdown. 

Overall, it seems this is becoming more of a pattern recently, the Seahawks inconsistencies on both offense and defense would be the credit of their downfall.

The Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had an impressive game throwing 30-44 for 331 yards, 2 touchdowns and just one interception. The passing combination between Dalton and tight end Tyler Eiffert, who had two touchdowns on the day was simply unstoppable. Eiffert time after time continued to make big plays, and keep Seattle's secondary on their heels.

The Bengals running game was nothing to brag about, but it certainly helped them take the game back late. Bengals running back, Giovani Bernard, tore up Seattle's defense in the fourth quarter. Bernard made the most of his 15 carries and 80 yards as they seemed to come in the most ideal moments.

Eventually, after a long hard fight leading to double overtime, it would be the Cincinnati Bengals that would walk away with the victory at home. Following 42-yard game winning field goal from Mike Nugent, the Bengals advance to 5-0 on the season.

 

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