Cincinnati Bengals: Week 12 Grades vs. Rams

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) carries the ball in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Running Backs: B+

Jeremy Hill had arguably his best game of the season with 16 carries for 86 yards. He also hauled in one catch for 14. It was a performance many people expected to see all year, but it came at the perfect time to get the Bengals back on the winning track. The only question for Hill, was it a game against an unprepared defense, or Hill finally breaking out?

Giovani Bernard on the other hand was anything but spectacular and we saw a rare fumble, on a great catch and run. He 10 carries for 16 yards but two catches for 51 yards. The fumble was an absolute shame, and no touchdowns by either is something we aren’t used to when the Bengals dominate. Bernard will look to redeem himself in Cleveland, a team he ran for 72 yards on and a 14 yard reception in week nine.

Wide Receivers: A+

A.J. Green had two touchdowns and although I probably could end with that and it justify an A+ alone, the Bengals wide receivers caught almost everything threw to them. Green finished the game with six total catches for 61 yards and finally showed what the Bengals number one wide receiver can do in space.

Marvin Jones had only three catches for 25 yards, but his big contribution came on an end around that took him 30 yards down the field and set up a first and goal, unfortunately they couldn’t convert and settle for a field goal. Mohamed Sanu only had one catch for eight, but his biggest contribution was on Green’s first touchdown catch, when Sanu short hooked around the one yard line drawing the attention of all three defensive backs, leaving A.J. wide open in the end zone.

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