Cincinnati Bengals Grades: Week 15 at Browns

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Dec 14, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back

Jeremy Hill

(32) runs on Cleveland Browns strong safety

Donte Whitner

(31) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals controlled the whole game against the Cleveland Brown in their week 15 rematch. The Bengals lost in week 10 to the Browns 24-3 on Thursday Night Football. This time around was a different story all together. The Bengals were on the road, which seems to be where Cincinnati is the most confident this season going 5-2.  With this win, the Bengals knocked the Browns out of contention for the division and still lead by a half game over Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

Quarterback: B+
An interception to his credit and no passing touchdowns he was limited with a big run heavy game 14 completions for 117 yards. He did a good job though to find open receivers and move the ball. He did a lot right but still had mistakes that could bite them in the final two week against Denver and at the Steelers. They could be playing for the division in week 17. He also went one for one on fourth down.

Running Back: A
Jeremy Hill was a huge part of this offense during the win. He ran for 148 yards on 25 carries. He had two touchdowns, and had two fumble that went out of bound and them Clint Boling was right there to jump on. He did however help to go two for two on fourth down with one run. Giovani Bernard played a larger roll in the passing game as he went for 3 receptions and 24 yards. He also played a major role in icing the game late. Rex Burkhead was a late contributor with a rushing touchdown on three carries.

Wide Receiver: B-
AJ Green led the Bengals receivers for five catches and 49 yards. No receiver scored a touchdown but again they played a role in moving the ball down the field effectively. They did play a more run heavy offense against the Browns with the effectiveness of the run game.

Tight Ends: A
Ryan Hewitt was a much bigger role in the absence of Jermaine Gresham and of course Tyler Eifert, who has been out for most the season. The TE from Stanford made three catches for 34 yards. He played a large role in the run game and blocking both on the line and up the field.

Offensive Line: A-
The offensive line was pivotal in the run game going for over 200 yards, two rushing touchdowns and 15 rushing first downs. They allowed two sacks and three tackles for loss by the Browns defense. Clint Boling had a fumble recovery off of a Jeremy Hill fumble. They were running on almost all cylinders and they will need to continue to get the Bengals to January football and win the division two years in a row.