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For the second straight week, Mike Nugent gave the Cincinnati Bengals a hard-fought win on the road.
Nugent's 54-yard field goal as time expired lifted Cincinnati to a 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The AFC North-leading Bengals (5-2) won a game for the second straight week by the same score thanks to Nugent's right foot. He made an overtime kick to give Cincinnati a win after it blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead at Buffalo.
The Lions (4-3) rallied from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit and looked as if they did enough to send the game to OT, but rookie Sam Martin shanked a punt just 28 yards to midfield in the final minute.
Andy Dalton, who had three touchdown passes, threw two short passes to gain 15 yards and called the team's last timeout to set up the game-winning field goal.
Dalton was 24 of 34 for 372 yards, the third-highest total of his career, and didn't throw an interception to help him reach a career-high 135.9 QB rating.
Detroit's Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson on two of his three TD passes.
Stafford was 28 of 51 for 357 yards and didn't throw an interception. Johnson caught nine passes for 155 yards and his second score was one of his most impressive because he leaped to catch a 50-yard pass while surrounded by three Bengals in the end zone to make it 24-all early in the fourth.
The Bengals had a pretty good pitch-and-catch combination, too.
Cincinnati scored the first time it had the ball when Dalton connected with A.J. Green on an 82-yard TD, the second-longest pass of his career, after the receiver got past cornerback Chris Houston. Green finished with six catches and 155 yards receiving.
Detroit responded with a 16-play, 80-yard drive capped by Stafford's 3-yard, game-tying pass to Brandon Pettigrew.
The Lions got inside the Bengals 20 on two straight drives in the second quarter, but had to settle for two kicks and had the second one blocked.
David Aker's made a 36-yard field goal to give Detroit a 10-7 lead.
Nugent missed a 47-yard kick following an unsportsmanlike penalty on Jermaine Gresham for pushing an official's hand off him.
Akers then had a field goal blocked and returned into Lions territory that helped the Bengals retake the lead.
Dalton lofted a 12-yard pass into the back of the end zone, where only Marvin Jones could catch it and he did, putting Cincinnati up 14-10 in the last minute of the first half.
The Bengals opened the second half with a score, too, when Dalton connected with twisting tight end Tyler Eifert on a 32-yard TD to go ahead by 11 points with 10:42 left in the third quarter.
Detroit scored a TD on the ensuing drive on Stafford's 27-yard pass to Johnson to pull within four points.
The Bengals regained their seven-point cushion on Nugent's 48-yard field goal late in the first quarter.
The Lions tied the game at 24 early in the fourth quarter on the heave to Johnson, but couldn't score again, make enough stops or get a solid punt to stay undefeated at home.
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Mike Nugent's 54-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The AFC North-leading Bengals (5-2) won a game for the second straight week by the same score thanks to Nugent's right foot. He made an overtime kick to give Cincinnati a win after it blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead at Buffalo
The Lions (4...
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham has been asked to leave the game. He wasn’t ejected by the referees but he has been asked to leave the game by his head coach.
Gresham was arguing with a Detroit Lions player when he was was being separated by referees. The referee had his hand on Gresham and as he turned to back away he did one of those swim-like moves where you knock...
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Bengals cornerback Leon Hall is done for the season after tearing his Achilles against the Lions on Sunday.
Bengals CB Leon Hall did in fact tear his Achilles, a season-ending injury.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 21, 2013
Despite another big win on Sunday, losing Hall is a huge blow to the Bengals secondary.
The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Detroit Lions today in Detroit, and fans witnessed a showdown of two of the league’s best receivers. Both AJ Green of the Bengals and Calvin Johnson of the Lions put on a show for those fans. In the loss, Calvin Johnson had 9 catches for 155 yards, and two touchdowns, […]
Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall has left the game vs the Lions with an Achilles injury. The Bengals best CB also missed the last 7 games of the 2011 season with an Achilles injury. He was carted off the sidelines and things don’t look good.
Leon Hall nearly in tears on sideline. Getting hugs from teammates. Seems he knows it's likely something bad.
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe...
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall has left Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions with an Achilles' tendon injury.
Hall left in the first quarter and will not return.
Hall, in his seventh season with the Bengals, has been a starter at cornerback this season when healthy. He did miss two games with a hamstring injury before returning last weekend.
The injury to Hall...
Everything is going the Bengals' way approaching the midpoint of the season.
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The only major concern this week...
Leon Hall who is the Bengals top defensive back is likely lost for the season after suffering an Achilles injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Lions.
Hall was covering a pass intended for Calvin Johnson in the end zone when he clutched his right foot and had a hard time getting up. Hall was down for a minute before being getting some help walking to the...
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Bengals CB Leon Hall did in fact suffer a torn Achilles tendon during Sunday’s win over the Lions.
Adam Schefter reports that the Hall has an MRI scheduled for Monday to confirm the injury.
Hall, 28, is in the third year of his five-year, $42.375 million contract. Hall suffered a torn Achilles his other foot last season, so this...
Marvin Lewis had already mapped out how far the Cincinnati Bengals needed to go to move into field-goal range in the final seconds.
''I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game,'' the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from.
That's exactly where the Bengals were when Mike Nugent kicked a 54-yard field goal...
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By Jeremy Hritz
After six weeks of play, the Cincinnati Bengals are atop the AFC North standings with a 4-2 record after barely beating a below-average Buffalo Bills team in overtime. And with five more divisional games to go for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as bad as their overall record is, there is still a chance, albeit a slim one, for them to win the divisional title.