Bengals dominate first half in Oakland

Bengals dominate first half in Oakland 

Posted: 6:00 pm Sunday, September 13th, 2015

By John Boyle

Running back Jeremy Hill rushed for touchdowns and Andy Dalton hit Tyler Eifert for another score as the Cincinnati Bengals dominated the Oakland Raiders to take a 24-0 lead.

Hill’s first score came on a fourth-and-goal play from the Oakland 3, capping an 11-play, 59-yard drive on the Bengals’ first series of the game.

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals is hit by Keith McGill #39 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half of their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on September 13, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

He added a 2-yard dive late in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 17-0 after Mike Nugent had drilled a 32-yard field goal.

Eifert’s touchdown put the finishing touches on an impressive two-minute drill that saw the Bengals go 61 yards in six plays in just 56 seconds.

The catch was Eifert’s eighth of the day for 96 yards, both of which are career highs.

Dalton is 18 of 23 for 202 yards and a passer rating of 117.8.

The only blemish for the offense was a dropped pass by A.J. Green in the end zone that forced the Bengals to settle for Nugent’s field goal with 4:05 left in the second quarter. But they rebounded with two TDs in the final three minutes.

Making matters worse for the Raiders was the fact that quarterback Derek Carr left the game midway through the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Matt McGloin.

The Bengals outgained the Raiders 265 to 106 in the first two quarters.

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