Cincinnati Bengals rally late to hand Las Vegas Raiders third straight loss

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The Las Vegas Raiders lost their third straight game on Sunday, 32-13, to the Cincinnati Bengals at Allegiant Stadium.

The loss dropped the Raiders to 5-5 on the season. The Bengals raised their record to 6-4.

The game was close until the Bengals scored two touchdowns and added a field goal midway through the fourth quarter to put it away.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr struggled, completing 19-of-27 passes for 215 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He was sacked twice.

“I don’t think any of us has been in sync,” said interim coach Rich Bisaccia. “But if you want to blame one person, it’s a side street to us coming up with a solution. We all have to do better.”

Josh Jacobs led the Raiders in rushing with 37 yards on nine carries, while Darren Waller caught seven balls for 116 yards.

Joe Mixon rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bengals. Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 20-of-29 passes for only 145 yards but also had a touchdown pass to Ja’marr Chase.

The Bengals scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, extending a 16-13 lead to 29-13 with 3:51 left in the game.

The first touchdown came on a Burrow’s pass to Chase with 6:39 left in the game. The touchdown came after a 12-play, 62-yard drive and gave the Bengals a 22-13 lead after Evan McPherson missed the extra point.

On the next drive, Carr was intercepted by Eli Apple, giving the Bengals possession at the Raiders’ 42-yard line after Josh Jacobs was called for unnecessary roughness.

Two plays later, Joe Mixon scored on a  20-yard run to give the Bengals the 29-13 advantage.

The Las Vegas Raiders fumbled late in the game and McPherson made a 47-yard field goal.

Just prior the Bengals fourth-quarter rally, the Raiders had cut the lead to 16-13 when Carr connected with Foster Moreau for a 19-yard touchdown pass.

The Raiders needed only there plays to drive 75 yards for the score as Carr also connected with Darren Waller twice for 25 and 31 yards.

McPherson connected on two field goals, of 53 and 51 yards as the Bengals built a 10-6 halftime lead to 16-6 early in the fourth quarter.

Las Vegas Raiders trail at the half

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Nov 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) runs back a fumble by Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Midway through the second quarter, the Bengals drove 72 yards on 12 plays, capped by an 11-yard touchdown run by Nixon to take a 10-6 lead.

On the drive, the Raiders Yannick Ngakoue sacked Burrow on a third down that would have ended the drive, but Quinton Jefferson was called for offsides.

That gave the Bengals another shot on third down and Burrow hit Tyler Boyd for a first down to extend the drive.

The Bengals touchdown came on their drive following a Daniel Carlson 47-yard field goal put the Raiders up 6-3 on their first drive of the second quarter. The drive took eight plays and covered 32 yards.

Teams trade field goals in first half

On the first drive of the game, Burrow fumbled after being sacked by Ngakoue at the Cincinnati 33 yard line. Dallin Leavitt recovered for the Raiders, setting up prime field position.

But the Raiders had to settle for a 25-yard Carlson field goal after gaining only one yard on three plays. 

The Bengals answered with a field goal of their own, driving 38 yards on seven plays. Evan McPherson hit a 54-yard field goal and the score was tied a 3-3.