A.J. Green got the best of Josh Norman on Sunday.
LONDON - It was The War of Wembley. The Bengals played on a hallowed soccer ground and left with a tie after an overtime shootout against Washington in a 27-27 game replete with emotions and big plays.
"I feel blah. I feel like nothing," said Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green after another dizzying day as the NFL's best receiver with his fourth 100-yard game of the season, schooling cornerback Josh Norman on nine catches for 121 yards.
With the Bengals fight song growling along with a blanket Bengals fans after three second-half touchdowns ("They were 60-40 for us," said linebacker Vincent Rey of the 84,000 plus), the defense failed to hold leads of 20-10 in the middle of the third quarter and 27-24 with 6:54 left in the game.
And the embattled Mike Nugent missed the first long extra point since the league installed it last year. He had one blocked last year, but his 33-yarder after the Bengals went up 13-10 wriggled left after tight end Tyler Eifert's 15-yard touchdown catch in the first five minutes of the second half. It was that kind of day. Washington's Dustin Hopkins hooked a 34-yarder left with 2:02 left in OT that would have won it.
"I felt like we lost by 30 or 40 the way I played. I left four points out there" said Nugent, who also hooked 51-yard field-goal try left in the first half. "I've got to look at it on film. I was happy when I hit it. It felt real solid. Then I looked up and it wasn't there."
Left tackle Andrew Whitworth admitted, "I hate ties. It means you didn't win. We had control of the game in the fourth quarter. " But he also thinks the Bengals are leaving a stalemate heading into their bye week.
"I don't think it changes anything," Whitworth said. "The reality is the story of the season is going to be told in the back eight back games." I don't care if we were 4-4, 3-4-1, or 3-5. Look at last year. WE we nt 8-0, but 4-4 in the back eight. We didn't have momentum"
Peko loved the atmosphere. So did Whitworth.
Whitworth: "Great experience. Great crowd. I think both teams left it all out there."
Peko: "It felt like a home game. It felt great to see all those Bengals fans. We travel well."
Green not only scorched Norman for nine catches, but Norman committed a handful of penalties that kept alive a batch for drives. But Green said the classic trash-talker didn't say anything.
"No, he's a good guy. He's just a competitor," Green said. "After the game he just said, 'Good game. Hell of a battle.
War of Wembley.
_The Bengals looked like they were driving for the winning TD with 2:11 left in overttime with quarterback Andy Dalton looking at a third-and-one from the Bengals 46. Dalton, who had scrambled for two huge first downs during the game, tried a quarterback sneak. He got the first down, but lost the ball when defensive lineman Chris Baker jarred it loose.
"I don't know what happerned, Dalton said. "I didn't get my second hand on top of it."
Dalton picked a tough day to suffer his first turnovers in a month. His streak of 165 passes without a pick was snapped in the second half with the Bengals knocking on the door again at the Washington 17. Hurried by a corner blitz, Dalton short-armed a throw over the middle to tight end Tyler Eifert and it sailed over his head to linebacker Will Compton.
"I've got to throw it to a better spot," Dalton said.
_Eifert announced his first full game back in stunning fashion with nine catches for 102 yards for his first 100-yard game since the 2015 opener and the first time he's teamed with Green for a 100-yarder.
"Tyler opens everything up," Green said.
Cincinnati Bengals host Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium as part of the NFL international series 10/30/2016