Cincinnati Bengals: Week 10 Grades vs. Texans

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Nov 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing (56) tackles Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Houston defeated Cincinnati 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Running Backs: C

The running game was below average, at best. If you read my

keys to the game

, you would have read my stat about how the Bengals were winning balanced offensive games by 14+ points. They ran for 51 yards between

Jeremy Hill


Giovani Bernard

. They were bound to lose a close game when it came down to 4 or less points and Monday night just happened to be that night.

Giovani Bernard was limited on the ground but found success in the passing game. He caught five passes for 43 yards. Maybe the run game was abandoned early by Hue Jackson since there was only 15 rushes between Bernard and Hill but ground and pound has worked, again we will leave that for later.

Wide Receivers: D+

I have said it on a number of occasions, you have to win turnover battles and

A.J. Green

did not help the cause with a lost fumble. Yes, even the best will put the ball on the ground, but when you only have five opportunities and you lose the football, you aren’t winning games for your team.

The passing game seemed lost, whether it was Johnathan Joseph and Charles James in coverage, or Quintin Demps over the top, they just didn’t seem like the same dangerous Bengals team. A.J. had five receptions for 67 yards and a fumble. Marvin Jones wasn’t much better with four catches for 44 yards but the overthrow was to him when Joseph picked Dalton off. Sanu and Tate were practically useless in last nights game.

Next: Tight End and O-Line