CINCINNATI (8-3-1)**: The Bengals survived a last-minute, 12-men-on-the-field controversy that helped ultimately scuttle the Buccaneers in a 14-13 Cincinnati escape at Tampa Bay.
The Bengals also survived QB Andy Dalton experiencing flu-like symptoms before the game, a bout that had him feeling worse than he ever had previously in advance of a kickoff.
"Definitely," Dalton confirmed.
Dalton completed 19 of 27 passes for 176 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and a passer rating of 60.6.
"I didn't puke on the field," he said afterward.
WR Mohamed Sanu said that happened on multiple occasions away from the playing surface.
"He threw up so many times," Sanu reported. "He just fought it out, toughed it out, and we rallied around him."
The win in Tampa was the Bengals' third straight in a run of three consecutive road games. "That's obviously a thing when the schedule comes out," Coach Marvin Lewis said. "We got it done." … LB Vontaze Burfict missed another game against the Buccaneers and hasn't practiced since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 29.
BALTIMORE (7-5): The Ravens surrendered 21 fourth quarter points, including touchdowns with 3:40 to play and then with 38 seconds remaining in their 34-33 loss to San Diego. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was 13 of 17 for 151 yards and two touchdowns and had a passer rating of 142.0 in the final 15 minutes of regulation.
But the Ravens had their problems prior to the fourth quarter, as well. Baltimore committed a season-high 14 penalties (for 98 yards). And Baltimore coughed up conversions on San Diego's first eight third-down attempts and on nine of 11 overall (81.8 percent, the all-time highest success rate for an opponent in franchise history). The Ravens also went just 3-for-7 in the red zone.
Still, LB Terrell Suggs wasn't inclined to panic with four regular season games still remaining.
"If we win them all, we're 11-5," Suggs observed. "Usually that's good enough (to reach the postseason.)"
It wasn't all bad against San Diego. QB Joe Flacco didn't turn the ball over for a third consecutive game … RB Justin Forsett went over 100 yards rushing against the Chargers (106), his third straight game rushing for triple digits.
CLEVELAND (7-5): The big question in the aftermath of the Browns' 26-10 loss to the Bills was whether to stick with Brian Hoyer at quarterback or to turn the reigns over to Johnny Manziel.
But Cleveland had issues against Buffalo in addition to what was happening under center.
LT Joe Thomas was flagged for holding three times and for a false start once. RB Terrance West fumbled with the Bills leading, 7-3, and it was returned 18 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 Buffalo advantage. And C Nick McDonald was lost due to injury, which left Ryan Seymour to finish the game at center (McDonald had been replacing Alex Mack).
One of the bright spots for the Browns was the play of Jim Leonhard in place of injured FS Tashaun Gipson (knee). Leonhard had an end zone interception that thwarted a Buffalo drive … TE Jordan Cameron was unavailable again after suffering his third concussion in three years on Oct. 26 against Oakland.