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Cincinnati Bengals Grades: Week 12 at Houston

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Nov 23, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Entering Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Texans, the Cincinnati Bengals had to worry about keeping Andy Dalton upright and containing JJ Watt. Not only did the offense show what they are capable of for the second week, the defense proved that last week’s shutdown of the Saints was more than a onetime deal. This is the second week I can say that was the best performance yet by this Bengals team. Here are the Bengals week 12 grades:

Quarterback: A-
Outside of a pick 6, Andy Dalton played like a QB that deserved his multimillion dollar contract. He started nine for ten completions and had a 6 yard passing touchdown on the second drive to Mohammed Sanu. He ended up with 233 yards, one touchdown, and one interception on the day. He also had a fumble that didn’t end up in Texans hands, so little to talk about there.

Running Backs: A
Giovani Bernard saw 17 attempts but was kept to 45 yards in his first game back from a hip injury. Jeremy Hill on the other had saw only one more run with 18 carries for 87 yards and a rushing touchdown. All in all, it was a good day for the running backs and the Bengals balanced offense.

Wide Receiver: A
AJ Green led with 121 receiving yards on 12 completions. Mohammed Sanu was behind him with 48 yards and a touchdown on a 6 yard pass from Dalton. They did more than enough to give help the Bengals offense to 24 total first downs and a solid performance.

Tight End: B+
This is the first time in a few weeks I can’t say something special about Jermaine Gresham’s performance on Sunday. All I can say it was solid and a nice 19 yard reception capped a four catches for 33 yard day.

Offensive Line: A+
Outside of four tackles for losses, which should be expected in an NFL game, the offensive line kept Dalton clean for the whole game and did not allow a sack. They also only let Dalton get hit twice and kept JJ Watt to only one tackle for loss and contained him all game. Something they had not done against the Texans in the last two meetings.