GIOVANI BERNARD NEWS
Eifert returns strong, but turnovers and missed kicks result in tie in London
Cincinnati Bengals’ tight end Tyler Eifert was a big part of their passing offense in the 2015 season. He caught 52 passes for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. However, Eifert injured his ankle playing in the Pro Bowl and missed the Bengals’ first six games of the season.
He returned for the week 7 game against the Browns but caught only one pass for nine yards. Eifert appeared completely healthy in the Bengals’ 27-27 tie with the Washington Redskins in London, catching nine passes for 102 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown reception on the Bengals’ opening drive of the second half.
Bengals’ receiver A.J. Green caught nine passes for 121 yards. Green now has over 100 receiving yards in four of the Bengals’ eight games this season. He also passed 7,000 career receiving yards, becoming just the third player in Bengals’ franchise history to do so.
Andy Dalton ran for a touchdown, as did running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. This was the first time that Bernard and Hill each had rushing touchdowns in consecutive weeks since Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2014 season.
Bengals’ kicker Mike Nugent missed the extra point after Eifert’s touchdown. He also missed a 51-yard field goal wide left late in the second quarter. Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton threw an interception early in the fourth quarter when the Bengals were on the Redskins 20-yard line. Those missed points and missed opportunities would prove costly.
Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins threw an interception and kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 55-yard field goal attempt, but Hopkins was good on a 40-yard field goal with 1:07 left in the game to tie the game at 27, and, after the Bengals were not able to do much in the final minute the game went to overtime.
The Redskins received the ball first in overtime, but both teams punted on their first possession. After a 10 play, 62-yard drive, Hopkins missed a 34-yard field goal attempt wide left with 2:08 remaining. Andy Dalton would fumble the ball on the next possession, and, after nobody had scored in 15 minutes of overtime, the game ended in a tie.
Both teams missed opportunities to score points, but, for the first time since overtime was created in 1973, there were ties in back-to-back weeks (the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks tied 6-6 in Week 7).