In a season where the Cincinnati Bengals were not expected to make much of an impact, they already have surpassed their win total for all of 2010.
Sunday in Seattle they were helped out by Brandon Tate’s 56-yard punt return for a touchdown with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter to seal a tough 34-12 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
With his 65th win, Marvin Lewis vaulted ahead of Sam Wyche on the all-time Cincinnati wins list, and the Bengals find themselves right in the thick of the race in the AFC North, tied for second with the 5-2 Baltimore Ravens.
Andy Dalton completed 18-of-29 passes for 168 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bengals, who have won four in a row.
A.J. Green caught four balls for 63 yards and a score, while Donald Lee had three receptions for 44 yards. Bernard Scott carried the ball 22 times for 76 yards.
Charlie Whitehurst started the game for Seattle, but Tarvaris Jackson came on to replace him in the second quarter. Jackson was 21-of-40 for 323 yards and an interception for the Seahawks (2-5), who’ve lost three of their last four games.
Sidney Rice hauled in seven passes for 102 yards, Ben Obomanu had four receptions for 107 yards and Doug Baldwin added 73 yards on five catches.