Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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Joe Mixon ran for two touchdowns as the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Oakland Raider 30-16.

0:33 | December 16, 2018 | Cincinnati Bengals, Football, NFL, Oakland Raiders

Game Information
Location: Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 44,568

CINCINNATI (AP) An entire month had come and gone without even one win, leaving the Bengals in their deepest drought since 2010.

Joe Mixon provided just enough to give the sparse crowd a reason to cheer at the end of their final home game.

Mixon ran for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday, and Cincinnati held on for a 30-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders that ended one of their longest losing streaks under coach Marvin Lewis, but couldn't prevent the Bengals from being eliminated from playoff contention for the third straight season.

The Bengals (6-8) had dropped five straight - their third-worst slump during Lewis' 16 seasons - before finding a team struggling as much as them.

Mixon's 15-yard touchdown with 4:04 left capped his second straight 100-yard game and clinched the Bengals' first win since October.

Yes, October.

"I feel like it's been a loooooong time since we were able to do that," Mixon said.

Cincinnati distributed 44,568 tickets for its final home game. The Bengals had the second-smallest season attendance in Paul Brown Stadium's 19 seasons as fans showed frustration with another disappointing season under Lewis.

The Steelers' 17-10 win over the Patriots later Sunday ended the Bengals' minuscule chances of winning the AFC North.

In a few weeks, Cincinnati will be waiting to see whether Lewis is around for another year or whether the small crowds will prompt owner Mike Brown to make significant changes. The slump-busting win provided a temporary relief.

"I've never dealt with losing my whole life, even back to grade school," said rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard, who had two sacks and forced a fumble. "To come out with a win really feels great."

The Raiders (3-11) are already in next-year mode. They fired general manager Reggie McKenzie on Monday and had little on the line against the Bengals.

Oakland was trying to win two in a row for the first time this season, and Derek Carr was closing in on a club record for avoiding interceptions. Carr got his record, but the sloppy Raiders lost again with a nondescript performance.

"I ain't got much to talk about, guys," tight end Jared Cook said.

The Raiders' offensive line has been depleted by injuries. They struggled to get anything going consistently, managing 297 total yards.

"This stings," coach Jon Gruden said. "It's hard to lose. It's a hard situation with a lot of the moving parts that we have."

With Mixon the focal point, the Bengals put together their biggest first half since their previous victory, 37-34 over Tampa Bay on Oct. 28. Lewis went for it twice on fourth down and produced a pair of touchdown drives. Mixon surged into the end zone on fourth down from the 1-yard line for a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

Jeff Driskel struggled in his third start replacing the injured Andy Dalton, repeatedly overthrowing receivers. He had a 7-yard touchdown to Tyler Boyd for Cincinnati's first score, but Driskel finished 14 of 33 for 130 yards with an interception.

Carr was 21 of 38 for 263 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions for the ninth straight game. With his 14th pass, Carr broke Rich Gannon's club record for the longest stretch without throwing an interception - 277 in 2001. He was lucky to get that far: Bengals safety Shawn Williams dropped a ball thrown directly to him on Oakland's first possession.

BOYD HITS 1,000

Boyd reached 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career before hurting his right knee late in the first half. He didn't return. Afterward, he said the injury isn't serious. With A.J. Green out for the season with a toe injury, Boyd is the leading receiver with 1,028 yards on 76 catches.

"That's something I wanted to accomplish since got to the NFL," Boyd said. "Now that I've done it, it's on to the next one. I think have to think about, let it marinate."

MIXON ALMOST THERE

Mixon's big game left him 5 yards shy of 1,000 for the first time in his two-year career.

SPIKED

In a play that symbolized the Raiders' day, Carr spiked the ball at midfield trying to stop the clock as the first half wound down, but took too long and there was no time left when the ball hit the ground.

INJURIES

Raiders: LG Kelechi Osemele was out for the second straight game with a toe injury, and RG Gabe Jackson was inactive with an elbow injury. CB Gareon Conley got a concussion.

Bengals: LB Vontaze Burfict missed his second straight game with a concussion.

UP NEXT

Raiders host Denver on Monday night. They lost at Denver 20-19 in the second game of the season.

Bengals play at Cleveland on Sunday. The Browns won at Paul Brown Stadium 35-20 on Nov. 25.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Raiders Bengals
03:00 Tyler Boyd 7 yd pass from Jeff Driskel (Randy Bullock kick) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Raiders Bengals
10:17 Joe Mixon 1 yd run (Randy Bullock kick) 0 14
06:41 Randy Bullock 34 yd FG 0 17
03:48 Lee Smith 1 yd pass from Derek Carr (Daniel Carlson kick) 7 17
01:39 Randy Bullock 38 yd FG 7 20

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Raiders Bengals
06:27 Daniel Carlson 50 yd FG 10 20
02:38 Daniel Carlson 27 yd FG 13 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Raiders Bengals
10:45 Randy Bullock 23 yd FG 13 23
05:05 Daniel Carlson 40 yd FG 16 23
04:04 Joe Mixon 15 yd run (Randy Bullock kick) 16 30

Team Stats
  Oakland Cincinnati
1st Downs 13 18
Total Yards 297 294
Passing 229 123
Passing Completions/Attempts 21-38 14-33
Yards/Pass 5.3 3.6
Rushing 68 171
Rushing Attempts 16 41
Yards/Rush 4.3 4.2
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 26:41 33:19

Oakland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Derek Carr 21 38 263 6.9 1 0

Cincinnati Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jeff Driskel 14 33 130 3.9 1 1

Oakland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Doug Martin 9 39 4.3 0 9
Darren Waller 1 21 21.0 0 21
Jalen Richard 4 9 2.2 0 5
DeAndre Washington 1 1 1.0 0 1
Seth Roberts 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

Cincinnati Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Joe Mixon 27 129 4.8 2 47
Jeff Driskel 7 32 4.6 0 15
Giovani Bernard 6 7 1.2 0 6
John Ross III 1 3 3.0 0 3

Oakland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jordy Nelson 6 88 14.7 0 44
Jalen Richard 5 67 13.4 0 32
Darren Waller 1 44 44.0 0 44
Seth Roberts 3 29 9.7 0 20
Jared Cook 2 23 11.5 0 13
Marcell Ateman 2 20 10.0 0 12
Lee Smith 1 1 1.0 1 1
Keith Smith 0 0 0.0 0
Doug Martin 0 0 0.0 0
Derek Carr 1 -9 -9.0 0 -9

Cincinnati Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Tyler Boyd 4 38 9.5 1 21
C.J. Uzomah 1 27 27.0 0 27
Giovani Bernard 2 25 12.5 0 22
Alex Erickson 3 23 7.7 0 11
Cody Core 1 10 10.0 0 10
John Ross III 1 6 6.0 0 6
Joe Mixon 2 1 0.5 0 1
Sam Hubbard 0 0 0.0 0
Matt Lengel 0 0 0.0 0

Oakland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Karl Joseph 5 2 1 7
Nicholas Morrow 5 1 0 0
Jason Cabinda 4 0 0 0
Marquel Lee 4 2 0 0
Daryl Worley 4 0 0 0
P.J. Hall 2 3 0 0
Johnathan Hankins 2 1 0 0
Erik Harris 2 0 0 0
Maurice Hurst 2 1 0 0
Clinton McDonald 2 0 0 0
Rashaan Melvin 2 1 0 0
Gareon Conley 1 1 0 0
Arden Key 1 2 0 0
Damontre Moore 1 0 0 0
Frostee Rucker 1 2 0 0
Tahir Whitehead 1 3 0 0
Bene Benwikere 0 0 0 0
Daniel Carlson 0 0 0 0
Justin Ellis 0 1 0 0
Denzelle Good 0 0 0 0
Dwayne Harris 0 0 0 0
Rodney Hudson 0 0 0 0
Emmanuel Lamur 0 1 0 0
Nick Nelson 0 1 0 0
Keith Smith 0 0 0 0

Cincinnati Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Darqueze Dennard 7 1 0 0
Shawn Williams 6 0 0 0
Geno Atkins 5 1 3 20
Nick Vigil 4 1 0 0
Dre Kirkpatrick 3 0 0 0
Sam Hubbard 2 0 2 14
Jessie Bates III 2 3 0 0
Hardy Nickerson 2 2 0 0
William Jackson III 1 1 0 0
Vincent Rey 1 0 0 0
Jordan Willis 1 0 0 0
Andrew Billings 0 1 0 0
Tyler Boyd 0 0 0 0
Cody Core 0 0 0 0
Carlos Dunlap 0 1 0 0
Clayton Fejedelem 0 0 0 0
Malik Jefferson 0 0 0 0
Michael Johnson 0 1 0 0
Matt Lengel 0 0 0 0
Christian Ringo 0 1 0 0
Mark Walton 0 0 0 0
Brandon Wilson 0 1 0 0

Oakland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Erik Harris 1 1 0

Cincinnati Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Oakland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dwayne Harris 3 71 23.7 0 31

Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Alex Erickson 4 168 42.0 0 77

Oakland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dwayne Harris 3 22 7.3 0 14

Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Alex Erickson 1 4 4.0 0 4

Oakland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Daniel Carlson 3 3 100.0 50

Cincinnati Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Randy Bullock 3 3 100.0 38

Oakland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Johnny Townsend 6 229 42

Cincinnati Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Kevin Huber 5 216 50