Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) reacts to scoring a touchdown with quarterback Andy Dalton (left) and offensive tackle Jake Fisher (right) in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals were needing a big win to get back on track and they got it today. They ended up scoring 31 points for the second straight week, but this time in a winning effort. The Bengals beat the rams 31-7 on one of their best all around games this season.
The Bengals offense was electric, with the exception of an ill-advised pass by Dalton, they were perfect. A.J. Green went for two touchdowns on the effort along with six catches for 61 yards. Tyler Eifert went for 40 yards on three catches and a touchdown. He eventually left with a pinched nerve but was held out for the rest of the game since they were up by 24 at that point.
Andy Dalton went for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Don’t forget the effort by Jeremy Hill on the ground with 86 yards to his credit. Giovani Bernard was not as good on the ground but his 51 yards receiving on two catches made a big difference. Not a bad day for the offense.
The defense did what they do best, smoother the run and pressure the quarterback. Nick Foles threw for 228 yards, but three interceptions and no touchdowns hurt the Rams badly. Geno Atkins had the lone sack but constant pressure and forcing Foles out of the pocket caused mistakes. They also put the brakes on Todd Gurley with 19 yards on nine carries.
This game was so much more about returning to what the Bengals do best, balanced offense, pressuring the quarterback, and finally beating a team they should. I am most impressed by the Bengals finishing the game early so they can rest and get players healthy before they finish with 3 division games in their last five games.
This effort puts the Bengals back on pace before they head to Cleveland to face the mess in Cleveland. If they can sweep their season series against their rivals in northeast Ohio, they will head into the final four games up by at least two games on the second place Pittsburgh Steelers.