Dalton throws for 2 TDs, Bengals beat Eagles 32-14

Only three wins heading into December?

Maybe Andy Dalton has figured it out.

And they have company that can commiserate this weekend.

Since a 31-17 victory against Cleveland on October 23, a game in which Dalton threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to raise his season passer rating to 100;7, the Bengals have gone 0-3-1 to all but extinguish their playoff hopes.

"We need a win", safety Malcolm Jenkins said.

Pederson at first said he thought his players didn't quit. I just felt that everything about this team right now is still right there for the taking.

WILL backer Vontaze Burfict had two interceptions for the first time in his career. We've got new guys in there.

Mathematically, each of them still has a chance. They're 4-1 at home but 1-6 on the road with five straight losses.

Over the course of 16 games from a season ago, he tallied 85 receptions for 997 yards after managing 67 receptions for 872 yards as a rookie.

"Obviously, again, it starts with me, and I've got to make sure that I'm doing it right and I'm holding myself accountable, and as you mentioned earlier with [owner] Jeffrey [Lurie] and [GM] Howie [Roseman], if they're holding me accountable and all that, that's where it starts, and then I relay that message to the assistants and on to the team". "We dug ourselves a hole and it was hard to come out of". That game is far from the reality of the former Eagle quarterback's year.

With a 26-0 deficit, Wentz threw his first interception. Why have Wentz operate under that system - with so many screens and checkdowns - if the goal is to build around a QB who can push the ball downfield?

ACC Championship: Opposing coaches almost worked together
Watson and Scott were consensus first-team all-conference picks previous year , and Gallman was on the coaches' first-team ballot. Q: If Virginia Tech's going to pull this off, what must happen? Now the Hokies get to face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

Just in case your interested, head coach Doug Pederson addressed the media one final time in preparation for this one.

What criteria they'll use to determine how long to keep him around is another matter entirely and anybody's guess. "He's still a very capable defensive lineman for us". He has only 1½ sacks. It was 29-0 through most of the three quarters as the Birds showed all the life of a graveyard.

"We've lost a lot of close games, and we've been tied, " rookie receiver Cody Core said.

Phi-Ertz 13 pass from Wentz (Sturgis kick), 2:30. With receiver Jordan Matthews and running back Ryan Mathews sidelined by injuries on Sunday, the onus was on Wentz.

IN YOUR FACE: The Ravens tried an unusual - and successful - strategy against Dalton during their 19-14 win on Sunday. And we're rushing with four, so you do the math.

LaFell said teams are playing more man-to-man defense on the Bengals since Green has been out, and with Eifert seeing a lot of double-teams, the receivers have needed to step up.

"I think if you start - I don't want to say panic - but if you start trying to re-scheme things and do things a little bit out of the norm of what you sort of have your game plans and your philosophy based around, you're going to give up something to get something". "We have to do whatever we can do not to let that happen".

The Bengals put together their best all-around game of the season on Sunday, beating the Eagles 32-14.

Dalton said he felt like he was more in-sync with his receivers after two full weeks adjusting in practice without A.J. Green, who injured his hamstring on the opening drive of a 16-12 loss to Buffalo on November 20.

Point spread: The Packers opened as 3.5-point favorites, and the total was 46.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report). Green injured a hamstring on the opening series against the Buffalo Bills on November 20 and missed last Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The home crowd won't take kindly to another miss of any sort. Fans booed and left early during a 16-12 loss to Buffalo on November 20.

At this point of the season, players know their backs are against the wall.


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