By John Sheeran
In less than five days, the Bengals notched two wins and finished the game with the same score.
Last Sunday, it was a second-half surge from the offense that elevated the Bengals over the Colts 34-23.
Tonight, it was an offensive explosion in the first half and a couple of clutch defensive plays that allow the Bengals to hold onto their lead. And once again, we saw a final score of 34-23.
But no matter the method, the outcome is the same. And that means the Bengals are 2-0 to start the season. So which players came out on top, and which need to come back stronger two Sundays from now?
Let’s examine the winners and losers from tonight’s victory:
A.J. Green: Five receptions. 69 yards (nice). Three touchdowns. The most in a single game since Marvin Jones in 2013. ‘Nuff said.
A.J. Green with TD number two tonight, and it's a beaut. Bengals lead 14-0 with 6:26 remaining in the first. pic.twitter.com/F0EB6Kyhn9
Jessie Bates: The sole rookie starter on defense recorded his first interception of his career, and nearly snagged two others. This is the performance that the Bengals visioned for Bates going forward as the starter, and his ball skills will be a great asset for a solid defense in front of...