Cincinnati Bengals: Week 12 Grades vs. Rams

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on from the sidelines in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams: A-

Brandon Tate

took care of the ball on punt returns,

Mike Nugent

went perfect on a field goal and four extra points, and

Kevin Huber

had four punts including one inside the 20. This was a good game by a special teams unit that has been consistent most of the season. The Kick and Punt coverage units made good plays containing Tavon Austin,

Wes Welker

and Benjamin Cunningham, keeping them to limited gains.

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Coaching: B

My biggest disappointment this season has been timeout management. They have wasted timeouts that could have been valuable at the end of a half or game. Luckily, unlike last year, they really haven’t lost because of poor timeout management or managing to get play calls in timely. Ok, rant over.

The Bengals coaches did a great job to get a lead and sustain it with even second string players in the fourth. Marvin Lewis was smart to rest players like Adam Jones, Tyler Eifert after he ended up with a pinched nerve, and sitting down Jeremy Hill after his injury. It made since to get them healthy for the next two divisional games than giving them time in a blowout win. The Bengals are back in the win column and now lead the division by three games. These final five weeks should be fun Bengals fans!

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