Andy Dalton, Bengals trounce Rams 31-7

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson (20) runs the ball against the St. Louis Rams in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Second Half

Cincinnati didn’t get off to a hot start in the second half, as Andy Dalton threw an early pick to Janoris Jenkins, who had some revenge after getting burned on A.J. Green’s first touchdown catch.

But when the Rams got the ball, things didn’t get much better.

Geno Atkins sacked Nick Foles and Dre Kirkpatrick broke up another pass, forcing yet another Rams punt.

The Bengals aimed to put the game out of reach and succeeded, stringing together a dominant offensive drive. Brandon Tate started the action, returning a punt for 14 yards and giving the offense room to work with. Giovani Bernard took a screen pass for a 44-yard gain–and while he fumbled, Tyler Eifert made a huge hustle play, recovering the fumble to preserve the gain. Dalton then fired an 18-yard rocket to A.J. Green, who came down with his second touchdown of the day, beating double-coverage.

On the ensuing Rams possession, Leon Hall took an interception to the house for a 19-yard pick-six, giving the Bengals a 31-7 lead which Cincinnati would keep for the remainder of the game.

The teams basically exchanged punts for the rest of the game, although Cincinnati’s defense made a few big plays throughout the rest of the second half. Domata Peko sniffed out a screen pass to Gurley and celebrated with his typical “Hungry Bear” dance. George Iloka picked off a deep pass that was badly underthrown, and the secondary made a few more nice pass defenses after getting picked apart a week ago in Arizona.

Tyler Kroft caught his first NFL pass, Rex Burkhead made a couple of nice runs and A.J. McCarron eventually came in to relieve Dalton of his duties.

Jeremy Hill continued to grind out yards, ending the game with a season-high 86 on the day, thanks to great blocking from Ryan Hewitt. It’s pretty evident that Hill’s struggles have come from a change in the offensive scheme from predominantly calling plays out of the I-formation to utilizing singleback, so it was nice to see the second-year back enjoy a solid outing.

With that, let’s look at the game stats.

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