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Bengals Escape Trap Game Against Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had not gotten a win in five attempts at Raymond James Stadium heading into Sunday's game with Cincinnati. The Bengals were -6 favorites, thus suggesting that they were going to take over quickly. However, the Bucs almost pulled off the trap game upset as the Bengals could only muster a 14-13 victory.

The Bengals' Andy Dalton had three interceptions in the first half with one of them being on the first play from scrimmage. The first interception led to a field goal. The Bucs got a ten-point lead later on with a touchdown run from Doug Martin. The Bengals had some momentum as Dalton had a short touchdown run while Terence Newman got an interception but A Verner's interception against Dalton stopped that momentum at the end of the half.

The Bengals took a lead through a touchdown pass to A.J. Green. Another Buccaneers field goal led to a few times when the teams traded punts. The Bucs made a run for it at the end of the game but an offensive holding penalty and a ruling that was found on a replay that the Bucs had too many men on the field before a pass that would have resulted in the team getting into field goal range cost the team at the end.

Neither quarterback was able to get anywhere in this game. Andy Dalton went 19-27 with 176 yards and three inceptions for the Bengals while Josh McCown went 15-29 with 190 yards and an interception for the Buccaneers. The highest receiving total that any player had was 59 yards on three catches by the Bengals' James Wright.

The Bengals moved to 8-3-1 as all the other teams in the AFC North lost. The Bengals are half a game behind New England and Denver for a first round bye in the AFC. Meanwhile, even though the Bucs fell to having the worst record in the NFC with a 2-10 total and are the only team to not have a home win in the NFL, they are still technically in the hunt for a playoff spot as they are three games behind Atlanta and New Orleans for the NFC South title.