Cincinnati Bengals: Week 12 Grades vs. Rams
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts to throwing a touchdown pass in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals found a way to get themselves back on track with a win against the Rams. A complete four quarter game was just what the doctor ordered for this team on both sides of the ball and we even got to see a little bit of A.J. McCarron, although nothing to decide his future as a star. So, did the 31-7 win give them all A’s or were did injuries keep them from the perfect score?
Quarterback: A-Andy Dalton
could have gotten an A+ if it wasn’t for the old Andy coming out for a terrible throw that resulted in an interception, but one mistake doesn’t warrant a B in this one. He was spectacular in getting the ball out, making 74% of his throws, completions. He threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns. Don’t forget A.J. McCarron, who is a perfect one for one on the season in completions.
Dalton’s bad decision though was a poor decision. As they broke down in the game, Dalton had room to run, and not just two yards but had at least 15 yards between him and the closest defender not behind him. If that was against the Cardinals or the Broncos, those teams are too good to make those mistakes. You can be sure that Dalton will be hitting the film room early this week to see what he did wrong.
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