The Bengals played one of their most impressive games in recent history with a 33-13 win at Oakland to open the season on Sunday, their first win in franchise history at Oakland.
Andy Dalton completed 25 of his 34 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Eifert had career-high nine receptions for 104 yards and two scores. Jeremy Hill also found the end zone two times with 63 yards rushing on 19 carries.
“We felt like we could get good match ups with what we were doing with formations,” said Dalton. “We had a good plan going in and we were able to execute. You always want to start fast. We set the tone for the game.”
“It was a good game,” said Eifert. “We went out there and started fast like we talked about doing all week. We wanted to match their intensity and did that early.”
The Bengals took a 33-0 lead into the fourth quarter when the Raiders crossed the 50-yard line for the first time all game and eventually found the end zone twice.
The Raiders lost starting quarterback David Carr in the first half after he took a hard hit from Adam Jones, who had a game-high ten tackles for the Bengals. Matt McGloin stepped in for Carr and would later throw an interception to Reggie Nelson.
The Raiders second turnover of the game came when McGloin fumbled after being sacked by Geno Atkins. Michael Johnson, playing in his first game with the Bengals in more than a year, recovered the fumble.
“I was just blessed,” said Johnson. “It just felt good to be back. Everybody was hitting on all cylinders. I was proud of the way everyone came out to play.”
The Bengals exit week one as the only team in the AFC North to win its opening game. Cincinnati hosts San Diego next Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.