Cincinnati Bengals: Week 12 Grades vs. Rams

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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

Tight End: A-


Tyler Kroft

stays on his feet for his first catch, I probably give him an A but a laughable moment nonetheless gave him his first NFL catch, so congrats to him.

Tyler Eifert

however, had a solid game, despite the injury that held him on the bench for the remainder. His three catches for 40 yards and a good touchdown that resulted in a 22 yard catch and run, was his first non-red zone touchdown of the season. He even played a huge part in blocking for Dalton on a few occasions which earned the offensive line the next grade.

Offensive Line: A

Outside of the couple times Dalton was flushed from the pocket, no sacks allowed and only a few QB hits allowed, overall, it was one of their best games. It was encouraging to see

Andre Smith

have a solid game, since coming back from injury. Something this line needed after giving up pressure in both the Houston and Arizona games. Dalton had time on many occasions to let the plays develop and find his targets, hence 74% completion percentage.

The run offense was better for Hill. They opened up holes and he finally made simple runs, instead of trying to juke and break outside. They even got up field quickly to block at the second level when the Hill was making solid runs.

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