Andy Dalton, Bengals trounce Rams 31-7

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) runs the ball against St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals are now 9-2 and still have command of the AFC North. After dropping two straight, the Bengals responded with a decisive 31-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Cincinnati played well in every phase of the game, outgaining the Rams on offense, shutting St. Louis out on defense and making the special teams plays necessary to pull off a huge victory in Paul Brown Stadium.

On offense, the Bengals passed for 236 yards and ran for 140 yards, gaining 376 total yards. Cincinnati gained 19 first downs and only turned the ball over once.

On defense, the Bengals locked down, only allowing 94 rushing yards. St. Louis gained 251 yards through the air, although many of those yards came in garbage time. The Rams gained 19 first downs but turned the ball over three times to an aggressive Bengals defense.

Cincinnati won the turnover battle, held onto the ball for a longer duration of time and even scored a defensive touchdown on Sunday. Despite running 12 fewer plays than St. Louis, the Bengals outgained the Rams and have momentum heading into the last five games of the season. Cincinnati will travel to Cleveland to face the Cleveland Browns next Sunday.

With that, let’s get into the game summary, starting with the first half.

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