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NFL Week 15 Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws in the first quarter during a Week 15 NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Nfl Cincinnati Bengals At Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dec 18 1996

In a battle of two teams looking to bolster their case for division titles, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-23.

The win brings the Bengals to 9-5 on the season and puts them atop the AFC North. The Buccaneers drop to 6-8 but are still in first place in the NFC South.

Offensive spotlight: It was a slow burn, but Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow came alive in the second half to lead and complete Cincinnati’s comeback win. The quarterback went 27-for-39 for 200 passing yards and four passing touchdowns and finished the game with a 79% adjusted completion percentage.

Defensive spotlight: Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis was lined up with all-pro receiver Ja’Marr Chase in this game, and Davis was up to the challenge. He finished the game with a 76.2 grade in coverage having recorded an interception and three forced incompletions.

Rookie spotlight: Bucs rookie running back Rachaad White finished the game with 38 rushing yards on 11 carries. He recorded one missed tackle forced and gained 22 yards after contact.

Offensive line spotlight: Buccaneers offensive lineman Nick Leverett was the highest-graded player on the day with an elite 90.3 grade. This came from an 88.8 run-blocking grade and an 85.5 pass-blocking grade. He also didn’t allow a sack the entire game.

Box Score

Passing
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Joe Burrow 25.8 27 / 39 200 5.1 4 1 2 104.7
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Tom Brady 23.6 30 / 44 312 7.1 3 2 1 92.2
Rushing
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Joe Burrow 25.8 3 8 2.7 0 10 0
Joe Mixon 10.4 11 21 1.9 0 5 0
Samaje Perine 3.4 7 24 3.4 0 9 0
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Tom Brady 23.6 2 1 0.5 0 1 2
Leonard Fournette 11.4 10 44 4.4 0 8 0
Rachaad White 5.3 11 38 3.5 0 7 0
Deven Thompkins 2.6 1 9 9.0 0 9 0
Giovani Bernard 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
Receiving
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Ja'Marr Chase 19.0 13 7 60 4.6 1 15
Tee Higgins 16.3 8 5 33 4.1 1 12
Tyler Boyd 14.5 5 5 35 7.0 1 13
Mitchell Wilcox 12.4 3 3 34 11.3 1 19
Joe Mixon 10.4 6 5 33 5.5 0 11
Samaje Perine 3.4 1 1 0 0.0 0 0
Trenton Irwin 1.5 2 1 5 2.5 0 5
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Russell Gage 25.9 12 8 59 4.9 2 14
Chris Godwin 22.3 8 8 83 10.4 1 18
Mike Evans 13.3 10 5 83 8.3 0 24
Leonard Fournette 11.4 4 4 30 7.5 0 12
Rachaad White 5.3 2 1 5 2.5 0 5
Cameron Brate 4.5 4 2 25 6.2 0 21
Cade Otton 3.0 1 1 20 20.0 0 20
Deven Thompkins 2.6 1 1 7 7.0 0 7

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