By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
The Cincinnati Bengals trounced the Philadelphia Eagles, 34-13, on Thursday Night Football.
Bengals (8-6) running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis led the offensive attack against the Eagles rushing for 106 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. The offense struggled often against the Eagles and finished with just 249 yards of total offense.
The Eagles (4-10) started off the game strong but were unable to keep it going in the second half. They turned the ball over five times with four fumbles. Philly could only muster up 221 yards of total offense and 22 minutes of total possession.
“We realize what’s at stake here, and we know we needed to put some football plays together,” said Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis. “We put ourselves at risk tonight, but we made plays when we needed to. We were able to get some things going with the turnovers, and that definitely helped. We redirected some things at halftime and got everyone on the same page.”
Late in the third quarter down 13-10, the Bengals turned it on. Quarterback Andy Dalton dropped back to pass and saw a wide line up the middle where he ran 11-yards for a touchdown. Dalton finished the game with 127 yards passing and a touchdown completing 13 passes on 27 attempts.
Then with 49 seconds left in the third quarter, the Bengals defense made a play. Defensive tackle Wallace Gilberry recovered a fumble by Eagles running back Bryce Brown and took it in 25 yards to the house.
Rookie quarterback Nick Foles scored the only touchdown for the Eagles, hooking up with wide receiver Riley Cooper for an 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Foles finished the game with 182 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.
Next week the Bengals look to keep their playoff hopes alive, heading to Hines Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at 1:00 p.m on CBS. The Eagles will try to get their fifth win of the year against division rival Washington Redskins at home at 1:00 p.m on FOX.