Perhaps the Bengals didn’t need to win. Perhaps they might solely have beat a handful of groups on Sunday. Perhaps Sunday extra proved how far the Bengals need to go to have any hope in 2017.

However they will go to mattress figuring out they prevented catastrophe.

They will save the solutions to the issues nonetheless plaguing them for an additional day.

And on the best way out of the locker room, everybody within the constructing ought to hug Carlos Dunlap.

His one-man cross breakup and decide-6 set off an enormous exhale in Paul Brown Stadium within the Bengals 24-23 victory towards the lowly Colts.

They go ahead into a 3-recreation street swing with an opportunity to proper the ship of this season begin and return to .500 for the primary time.

Within the meantime, the large image takeaway is about as sunny as gloomy clouds blanketing the town on Sunday.

When the offensive line can’t block, offense is tough. The road which struggled all season endured perhaps one among their worst days of the yr. Free runners got here on stunts and blitzes. Each tackles whiffed on blocks to explode performs. The operating recreation might by no means discover any traction due to lack of motion.

Even on the uncommon event the road offered time for Dalton, he was unable to seek out any constant reference to A.J. Inexperienced or anyone else.

Joe Mixon, who declared himself in want of extra touches, loved a sixty six-yard breakout on a display, however mustered subsequent to nothing within the run recreation and misplaced a fumble to arrange a Colts area objective.

The protection, anticipated to be the hammer to hold this group, allowed the hapless Colts and Jacoby Brissett to push them round up entrance and look misplaced on multiple event resulting in factors.

Even particular groups flubbed with turnovers and penalties protecting the Colts round.

Then Dunlap made a play. He purchased the Bengals a couple of extra weeks to determine if there’s a repair to be manufactured.

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