Bengals Grades: Week 8 Grades at Steelers

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Nov 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tight End: B-

They were spending most of their time being covered or blocking to keep Dalton clean, either way, Tyler Eifert had a minimal impact day in terms of yardage gained, four catches for 39 yards . His impact was more felt on the edge blocking rushers and picking up outside blitzes. This limited his ability to get out and be a check down when Dalton got into trouble.

Tyler Kroft saw the field again but brought really limited impact with nothing to really show for it on the stats sheet. I expect Eifert to see a little more action against the Browns with a limited secondary due to injuries. If they can get the passing game going early on, it could be  long night for the Browns.

Offensive Line: D+

Call it what it was, a battle against a good, young defense or a terrible showing by a few key guys up front. Andy Dalton and the run protection was the worst we have seen since the Seahawks first three quarters. Dalton was sacked three times for 13 yards and was hit 4 more times. The Bengals were caught for loss seven other times. The line allowed a lot of holes.

Russell Bodine had a botched snap on a key third and short play that was being run on a quarterback sneak. Luckily for Bodine, it was recovered by Bernard, but pushed the Bengals out of field goal range. They allowed Jeremy Hill to not find any momentum or flow and affected the balance of the offense, which became more pass heavy as the game went on.

Next: Defensive Grades

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