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Joe Mixon had another big game, rushing for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 30 - 16 victory over the Oakland Raiders that ended one of their longest Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Bengals end 5 - game losing streak , beat Raiders 30 - 16 .
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 .
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon runs the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon celebrates his touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback William Jackson (22) breaks up a pass to Oakland Raiders wide receiver Marcell Ateman (88) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden works the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) scores a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
Oakland Raiders tight end Lee Smith celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
Oakland Raiders free safety Erik Harris (25) celebrates his interception in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stands on the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joe Mixon had another big game Sunday, rushing for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 30-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders that ended one of their longest losing streaks under coach Marvin Lewis.
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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 clinched the Bengals ' first win since October and capped his second straight 100-yard game .
Team ends losing streak , but does anybody care? Well before the Bengals ’ 30 - 16 victory over Oakland was secured, the few fans remaining were making their escape The Bengals (6-8) were not yet eliminated from playoff contention after snapping a five - game losing streak against the struggling Raiders . That happened a few hours later when the Steelers beat the Patriots, according to the NFL.
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 clinched the Bengals' first win since October and capped his second straight 100-yard game.
BOX SCORE: BENGALS 30, RAIDERS 16
Cincinnati wrapped up its home season before another sparse crowd, with 44,568 tickets distributed. 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 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.
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The Oakland Raiders won their first NFL game in a year when they beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders had endured 16 straight defeats since they claimed their last victory by beating the Houston Texans on 17 November last year but they finally
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 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.
Boyd reached 1,000 yards for the season before leaving with an injury.
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.
Josh Morrissey scores in OT, Jets beat Oilers 5-4
Defenseman Josh Morrissey scored 41 seconds into overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Morrissey took a pass from Mark Scheifele and fired a high shot past goalie Cam Talbot for his fourth goal of the season. The Jets won their third straight, and ended Edmonton's winning streak at four games. Scheifele, Mathieu Perreault, Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine also scored for Winnipeg, Dustin Byfuglien, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler each had two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 22 saves.
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Currently, the Patriots and Bengals are the only teams in the conference guaranteed a playoff spot The Vikings (9- 5 ) stopped their two- game losing streak . They turned a lost fumble and an With quarterback Aaron Rodgers having a rough season by his standards, and Raiders defensive end
Raiders: LG Kelechi Osemele was out for the second straight game with a toe injury. CB Gareon Conley got a concussion.
Bengals: LB Vontaze Burfict missed his second straight game with a concussion. Boyd hurt his right knee late in the first half and didn't return.
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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The Seahawks’ Ed Dickson, left, dives past the Packers’ Ibraheim Campbell, center, to score a touchdown after a reception on Nov. 15 in Seattle. The Seahawks won 27-24.
The Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin (89) takes part in a touchdown celebration with Tyler Lockett, left, and Nick Vannett, right, after Baldwin caught a pass for a touchdown against the Packers on Nov. 15 in Seattle.
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Joe Mixon rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns as the Cincinnati Bengals broke a five - game losing streak with a 30 - 16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals halfback Joe Mixon (28) runs in for the touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of play on Sunday at Paul Brown
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Evan Engram of the Giants is unable to make a catch against the 49ers on Nov. 12 in Santa Clara, California. Giants won 27-23.
The Giants' Saquon Barkley jumps past the 49ers' K'Waun Williams on Nov. 12 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott (31) hurdles over Philadelphia's Tre Sullivan on Nov. 11. The visiting Cowboys won 27-20.
Philadelphia's Nelson Agholor, bottom left, is tackled by several Dallas players on Nov. 11.
The Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley (30) runs in for a touchdown against Seattle on Nov. 11. The host Rams won 36-31.
Green Bay's JK Scott (6) has a punt blocked against Miami on Nov. 11. The host Packers won 31-12.
Oakland's Jared Cook, right, flips over the Los Angeles Chargers' Brandon Facyson on Nov. 11. The visiting Chargers won 20-6.
Seattle's Tyler Lockett, left, makes a touchdown catch against the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 11.
New Orleans' Drew Brees dives for a touchdown against Cincinnati on Nov. 11. The visiting Saints won 51-14.
The Bears' Bryce Callahan, left, sacks the Lions' Matthew Stafford on Nov. 11 in Chicago. The Bears won 34-22.
Nance's tip gives Cavs rare road win as Pacers' streak ends
Larry Nance Jr.'s buzzer-beating tip-in gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a 92-91 victory at Indiana on Tuesday night. Nance finished with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the Cavs' third road victory of the season. Rodney Hood scored 17 points to lead Cleveland, which snapped a two-game losing streak. The Pacers were led by Domantas Sabonis' 17 points and Bojan Bogdanovic's 14, but never took control long enough to pull away from Cleveland. The loss ended Indiana's season-best seven-game winning streak. Indiana certainly had its chances. Victor Oladipo missed two free throws with 9.
Tight end Garrett Celek, 30 , and left tackle Joe Staley, 34, were the only players on the 53-man roster who had enjoyed their 19-17 victory on Dec. Head coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged most members of the organization hadn’t endured much of the 10- game losing streak to Seattle.
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The Cardinals' Josh Rosen escapes a sack attempt by the Chiefs' Justin Houston on Nov. 11 in Kansas City. The Chiefs won 26-14.
Austin Hooper of the Falcons flies through the air after being tackled by Jamie Collins of the Browns on Nov. 11 in Cleveland. The Browns won 28-16.
Indianapolis' Eric Ebron, right, dives for a touchdown in front of Jacksvonville's Barry Church on Nov. 11. The host Colts won 29-26.
The Bills tight end Jason Croom (80) recovers a fumble by wide receiver Zay Jones, left, for a touchdown against the Jets on Nov. 11 in New Jersey. The Bills won 41-10.
The Titans' Corey Davis catches a 23-yard touchdown pass as he is defended by the Patriots' Stephon Gilmore on Nov. 11 in Nashville. The Titans won 34-10.
The Redskins' Adrian Peterson, right, eludes a tackle by the Buccaneers' Jordan Whitehead on Nov. 11 in Tampa, Florida. The Redskins won 16-3.
The Chiefs' Tyreek Hill celebrates a touchdown against the Cardinals with fans on Nov. 11 in Kansas City. The Chiefs won 26-14.
The Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) is sacked by the Steelers’ Bud Dupree (48) and Jon Bostic (51) on Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 52-21.
The Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) celebrates his 75-yard touchdown with Vance McDonald (89) and Ryan Switzer (10) against the Panthers on Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh.
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The Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey (22) runs after a catch against the Steelers’ Jon Bostic (51) on Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh.
The Titans' Kevin Byard (31) intercepts a pass intended for the Cowboys' Amari Cooper on Nov. 5, in Arlington, Texas. The Titans won 28-14.
The Cowboys' Dak Prescott dives for a pass against the Titans' Wesley Woodyard on Nov. 5 in Arlington, TX.
New England running back James White (28) rushes for a touchdown against Green Bay on Nov. 4. The host Patriots won 31-17.
The Los Angeles' Chargers' Keenan Allen, right, attempts to make a catch while being defended by Seattle's Shaquill Griffin on Nov. 4. The visiting Chargers won 25-17.
The Los Angeles' Rams’ Malcolm Brown (34) scores a touchdown against New Orleans on Nov. 4. The host Saints won 45-35 to hand the Rams their first loss of the season.
Miami's Jerome Baker (55) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the host Dolphins' 13-6 win over the New York Jets on Nov. 4.
Denver's Devontae Booker (23) fumbles the ball after being hit by Houston's Justin Reid (20) on Nov. 4. The visiting Texans won 19-17.
Tampa Bay's Justin Evans (21) grabs the face mask of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Nov. 4. The host Panthers won 42-28.
Miami's Cornell Armstrong (31) tackles the New York Jets' Quincy Enunwa (81) on Nov. 4.
Kansas City's Travis Kelce (87) scores a touchdown against Cleveland's Christian Kirksey on Nov. 4. The visiting Chiefs won 37-21.
Chicago's Kyle Fuller, right, breaks up a pass intended for Buffalo's Terelle Pryor on Nov. 4. The visiting Bears won 41-9.
Minnesota's Latavius Murray (25) loses the ball at the goal line against Detroit on Nov. 4. The host Vikings won 24-9.
Pittsburgh's James Conner, left, scores a touchdown on Nov. 4. The visiting Steelers won 23-16.
Washington's Josh Doctson, right, pulls in a touchdown pass over Atlanta's Isaiah Oliver (20) on Nov. 4. The visiting Falcons won 38-14.
Minnesota's Danielle Hunter (99) celebrates with teammate Everson Griffen after sacking Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford (not pictured) on Nov. 4.
Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Baltimore on Nov. 4.
49ers linebacker Elijah Lee (47) tackles Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant (12) in Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov. 1. The 49ers won 34-3.
George Kittle (85) of the 49ers celebrates with Raheem Mostert after a touchdown against the Raiders on Nov. 1.
Raiders Wide Receiver Dwayne Harris (17) hurdles 49ers Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (41) on a kick return on Nov. 1.
Raiders running back Doug Martin (28) is tackled by 49ers outside linebacker Elijah Lee (47) on Nov. 1.
Tom Brady of the Patriots loses control of the ball on a hit by the Bills' Lorenzo Alexander on Oct. 29, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Patriots won 25-6.
The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, right, makes a catch against the Bills' Phillip Gaines on Oct. 29, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
The Patriots' Julian Edelman, right, collects a punted ball as the Bills' Andre Holmes, left, and Ramon Humber tackle him down on Oct. 29, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Minnesota's Adam Thielen (19) is tackled by New Orelans' P.J. Williams during the visiting Saints' 30-20 victory on Oct. 28.
Minnesota's Latavius Murray (25) leaps for a touchdown on Oct. 28.
New Orleans' Alvin Kamara (41) dives the end zone for a touchdown on Oct. 28.
The Los Angeles' Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay's Randall Cobb on Oct. 28. The host Rams won 29-27.
Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his catch for a two-point conversion during the host Cardinals' 18-15 victory over San Francisco on Oct. 28.
Indianapolis' Chester Rogers, left, scores a two-point conversion during the visiting Colts' 42-28 victory over Oakland on Oct. 28.
Pittsburgh's T.J. Watt, right, celebrates after sacking Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield (not pictured) during the host Steelers' 33-18 win on Oct. 28.
Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz runs for a gain against Jacksonville during the Eagles' 2-18 victory in London on Oct. 28.
Chicago's Tarik Cohen (29) returns a punt against the New York Jets on Oct. 28. The host Bears won 24-10.
Seattle's David Moore, left, catches a 15-yard pass for a touchdown against Detroit on Oct. 28. The visiting Seahawks won 28-14.
The New York Giants' Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Washington's Matthew Ioannidis (98) on Oct. 28. The visiting Redskins won 20-13.
Carolina's Greg Olsen (88) catches a touchdown pass against Baltimore on Oct. 28. The host Panthers won 36-21.
Tampa Bay's Adarius Taylor, left, tackles Cincinnati's Joe Mixon on Oct. 28. The host Bengals won 37-34.
The New York Giants' Odell Beckham (13) makes a catch against Washington on Oct. 28.
Denver's Justin Simmons, right, attempts to tackle Kansas City's Tyreek Hill on Oct. 28. The host Chiefs won 30-23.
Carolina's Christian McCaffrey, left, catches a deflected pass for a touchdown against Baltimore on Oct. 28.
DeAndre Hopkins (10) of the Texans catches a pass defended by Xavien Howard of the Dolphins on Oct. 25, in Houston. The play was disallowed because of offsetting penalties.
The Dolphins' Mike Gesicki (86) is upended by the Texans' Kareem Jackson (25) after a catch as Tyrann Mathieu (32) looks on, on Oct. 25.
The Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) is lifted by teammate Nick Martin (66) as they celebrate a touchdown against the Dolphins on Oct. 25.
The Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler (8) is hit by the Texans' Josh Keyes (49) as he tries to throw on Oct. 25.
Tevin Coleman (26) of the Atlanta Falcons runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the New York Giants on Oct. 22, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 23-20.
Running back Saquon Barkley (26) of the New York Giants is tackled by DeVondre Campbell, left, Desmond Trufant (21) and Grady Jarrett of the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 22 in Atlanta.
Sterling Shepard, left, of the New York Giants catches a pass against Robert Alford of the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 22 in Atlanta.
Takkarist McKinley (98) of the Atlanta Falcons sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on Oct. 22 in Atlanta.
Kansas City's Kareem Hunt, left, dives for the pylon to score a touchdown against Cincinnati on Oct. 21. The host Chiefs won 45-10.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II (30) runs past San Francisco linebacker Reuben Foster (56) to score a touchdown during the visiting Rams' 39-10 victory on Oct. 21.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during the visiting Saints' 24-23 win over Baltimore on Oct. 21.
Washington wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) is unable to catch a pass during the host Redskins' 20-17 victory over Dallas on Oct. 21.
Cincinnati's Tyler Boyd, center, is tackled by Kansas City's' Steven Nelson, right, on Oct. 21.
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