Enquirer beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Fletcher Page make their predictions for the Bengals Week 7 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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KANSAS CITY – Follow along for live updates as the Bengals take on the Chiefs.
Mid-third quarter update: Chiefs 38, Bengals 7
One play later. Another Chiefs score. Andy Dalton tried to force a pass into A.J. Green, but it just wasn’t there. Pick-Six gives KC another score.
Mid-third quarter update: Chiefs 31, Bengals 7
A 50-yard catch. More Patrick Mahomes. And some Kareem Hunt. And the Chiefs returned to the end zone.
Sammy Watkins got the second half started by breaking open and viciously stiff-arming Dre Kirkpatrick into the ground.
The Chiefs offense. It’s good. Real good. And the Bengals defense? No show.
HALFTIME WRAP: Chiefs 24, Bengals 7
What went right: A.J. Green. That’s about all there was in the way of positivity. Green had 110 yards receiving on six catches.
What went wrong: The defense did little to slow Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense. Mahomes was 19 of 25 for 233 yards (9.3 yards per attempt) and three touchdowns, and Kareem Hunt ran for 42 yards (on just six carries) and caught two touchdowns.
Did you notice? Former University of Cincinnati star Travis Kelce is averaging 23 yards per catch, with 69 yards on three receptions.
Mid-second quarter update: Bengals 7, Chiefs 21
Wide. Open. Touchdown.
Chiefs take a 21-7 lead with a with a 17-yard pass by Patrick Mahomes to tight end Demetrius Harris.
That’s now 16 of the last 23 games the Bengals have given up a score in the final two minutes before halftime.
The Bengals were on the verge of getting off the field with the Chiefs perhaps only getting three points. Nose tackle Andrew Billings got a sack to force a third-and-long, but an offsides call on Carlos Dunlap set up the score.
Mid-second quarter update: Bengals 7, Chiefs 14
Touchdown by C.J. Uzomah – good. Doing the Macarena – not so good.
Bengals get on the board, thanks to A.J. Green carrying the offense and a short pass by Andy Dalton to C.J. Uzomah.
Green has 110 receiving yards. The Bengals have just 136 total yards. But, it’s a one-possession game after a drive that had five penalties, including two “12 men on the field” calls against Kansas City.
Mid-second quarter update: Bengals 0, Chiefs 14
Brutal start to the second quarter for the Bengals. A false start killed the offense’s drive after starting with good field position. Then on then punt, Clayton Fejedelem fumbled what looked to be a fake punt attempt. It seemed like Fejedelem was the only one in on the fake, though. He botched the snap, but even if he caught it, KC was all over him.
Kareem Hunt scored on another reception, this time for 15 yards, four plays later.
Offense needs to answer or this is going to be a long night.
Mid-first quarter update: Bengals 0, Chiefs 7
Big win for the Bengals defense. Kansas City missed a 53-yard field goal after a strong drive stalled out. Props to corner William Jackson. He was in on the coverage of a couple plays, including a long third down completion that was overturned on review.
Mid-first quarter update: Bengals 0, Chiefs 7
The Chiefs came out firing on all cylinders out of the gate. Patrick Mahomes was 5 of 6 for 55 yards (9.2 yards per attempt), including a short touchdown pass to running back Kareem Hunt.
Hunt had the highlight on the play just before the scoring touchdown. He broke a bunch of tackles and hurdled safety Jessie Bates before being taken down by seemingly the entire Bengals defense.
Of the Chiefs 10 offensive plays, six went for a first down.
This Chiefs offense, folks, is for real. Scary good.
Mid-first quarter update: Bengals 0, Chiefs 0
Bengals offense took the field first (after the Chiefs won the toss and, despite having one of the best scoring units in the league playing at home, deferred. Like everybody does) and promptly went three-and-out on the opening drive for the second consecutive week.
KANSAS CITY – Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone will be inactive for the first time this season Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Bengals wideout John Ross, who missed the past two games with a groin injury, is listed as a starter.
Safety Shawn Williams will give it a go after clearing concussion protocol. Williams returned to practice late in the week and worked out before kickoff.
The Bengals will be without starting linebacker and leading tackler Nick Vigil (knee) and slot cornerback Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular joint). Both will be out for at least a couple games after injuries suffered against the Steelers.
Malone has just one catch on the season for 12 yards. His switch to inactive comes after a week of movement at the wide receiver position. Rookie Auden Tate was waived to clear space for to promote cornerback KeiVarae Russell from the practice squad. Tate, who was inactive for the first six games, cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad.
C Billy Price
LB Nick Vigil
RB Giovani Bernard
DB Darqueze Dennard
TE Tyler Kroft
DL Josh Tupou
WR Josh Malone
Trey Hopkins will start for Price for the fifth straight game in place of Price. Second-yeaer linebacker Jordan Evans will fill in for Vigil.
DB Eric Berry
RB Darrel Williams
LB Nate Orchard
OL Kahlil McKenzie
LB Justin Houston
DL Justin Hamilton
OL Mitch Morse
Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. It can be seen on NBC.