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By Jeremy Kahn
It seems that the Oakland Raiders are not able to put two wins in a row together at any time this season.
Joe Mixon ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Cincinnati Bengals to a 30-16 victory over the Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium.
With the loss, the Raiders have not won back-to-back games this season.
The win by the Bengals stopped their five-game losing streak, the third-worst slump in the 16 seasons under head coach Marvin Lewis.
Mixon scored on a 15-yard touchdown run with just 4:04 remaining in the game, gave the running back his second consecutive 100-yard game and the Bengals won for the first time since October.
The Bengals announced the attendance as 44,568 for their last home game of the season, as they achieved the second smallest attendance in the 19 seasons that the Bengals have been playing in Paul Brown Stadium.
Jeff Driskel, playing in place of the injured Andy Dalton went 14-for-33 for 130 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Tyler Boyd caught four passes for the Bengals, as he gained a team-leading 38 yards for the now 6-8 Bengals.
Derek Carr went 21-for-38 for 263 yards with a touchdown, as he broke Rich Gannon’s team record for pass attempts without an interception.
During the 2001 season, Gannon threw 277 passes without an interception and Carr broke the 17-year old record with his 14th pass of the afternoon.
The streak almost ended on the Raiders’ first possession, as Shawn Williams dropped a pass that was thrown right to him.
Doug Martin led the Raiders in rushing with nine carries for 39 yards, while Jordy Nelson led the Raiders with six catches for 88 yards.
Jalen Richard caught five passes for 67 yards, and also carried the ball four times for nine yards in the 14-point loss, as the Raiders saw their record fall to 3-11 on the season and 1-6 on the road.
NOTES: Kelechi Osemele missed his second straight game with a toe injury and Gabe Jackson was unable to go, as he inactive due to an elbow injury. Former Massillon High School and Ohio State Buckeyes Defensive Back Gareon Conley suffered a concussion in the game and will be re-evaluated.
UP NEXT: After an eight-day layoff, the Raiders will return to the field on Monday night December 24, as the Denver Broncos come to the Coliseum. In their previous meeting on September 16, the Broncos defeated the Raiders 20-19 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.