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Bengals 1st NFL team this season to be eliminated from playoffs

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 11/18/2019 Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati Enquirer

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OAKLAND — Never before had the Cincinnati Bengals lost 12-consecutive games – until now. 

The Bengals haven’t tasted victory since Week 15 of 2018. Coincidentally, that win was against the Oakland Raiders in Cincinnati. This year, the Raiders return the favor in front of their Bay Area crowd.

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Derek Carr and the Raiders outlasted Cincinnati 17-10 to improve to 6-4 on the season. 

At 0-10, Cincinnati’s officially matched the 1993 ballclub for the worst start in franchise history. Coincidentally, that team got its first win of the season against the Raiders.

The Bengals also became the first team this season to be eliminated from playoff contention.

Here’s what we learned during the Week 11 game in Oakland:

Opposing quarterbacks playing pitch and catch

In Week 10, Lamar Jackson completed his first 10 passes of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Jackson’s first incompletion was a spike to end the second quarter.

Derek Carr enjoyed similar success versus the Bengals defense.

Carr started the ballgame 14-of-14 passing. His first incompletion didn’t come until under two minutes to go in the second quarter when tight end Darren Waller dropped what would’ve been a difficult touchdown catch.

The Bengals’ secondary is making it easy on opposing quarterback. Receivers are creating plenty of separation in man coverage and are finding open areas when Cincinnati plays zone.

On the opposite sideline, Ryan Finley’s success rate throwing the football is sub-mediocre. The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was frequently the recipient of Finley’s footballs. 

Finley was 13-for-31 for 115 yards and threw an interception during the team’s bid to tie the game with under two minutes remaining. The rookie QB averaged 3.7 yards per pass attempt.

Joe Mixon’s ‘homecoming’ gets off to fast start

Joe Mixon told The Enquirer he was going to “ball out” in Oakland. He delivered on his statement in when he got an opportunity.

Mixon ran with purpose in the first quarter. He made his presence known early with a 30-yard scamper on the team’s second possession, the run was his longest carry of the season. Mixon had 43 rushing, 17 receiving yards and had first rushing touchdown of the season all in the first quarter. 

The Bengals have tinkered with the blocking game plan upfront by going with man vs. man blocking. Cincinnati’s alteration is making dividends on the ground.

Playing in front of family and friends, Mixon compiled 86 yards on 15 carries.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Bengals become first NFL team this season to be eliminated from playoff contention

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