6. Rams 7, Bengals 31
Cincinnati’s defense has been a dominant unit all season long, but its performance against the St. Louis Rams may have been the most dominant defensive performance by the Bengals in the entire 2015 season.
Nick Foles was benched after throwing three interceptions–one to Reggie Nelson, one to George Iloka and one to Leon Hall, who returned the interception for a touchdown. Hall was later named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week. The Bengals recorded nine pass defenses, five tackles for loss and a sack. They also notched an incredible 12 quarterback hits.
A.J. Green caught two touchdown passes, and Tyler Eifert added a third. Andy Dalton went 20-for-27 with 233 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He wasn’t sacked a single time. Jeremy Hill rushed for 86 yards on 16 carries, Marvin Jones took an end-around for 30 yards and Giovani Bernard added 67 yards from scrimmage.
The Bengals fired on all cylinders in this game, putting an end to a two-game losing streak. While the Rams weren’t necessarily an extremely tough opponent, the Bengals did what they needed to do to get the job done. The icing on the cake was how well the Bengals stopped the Rams’ key players. Aside from Tavon Austin‘s dominance, no Rams players seemed to be able to do anything on either side of the ball. Aaron Donald couldn’t make an impact, tallying just three tackles and not a single quarterback hit. Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley only recorded 19 rushing yards on nine carries.
What made this game special:
The Bengals were so dominant that two Pro Bowlers couldn’t make an impact, the Rams benched their starting quarterback and the Bengals even brought in their backups. Not only did this game end the Bengals’ two-game losing streak, it paved the way for a 4-2 finish to the season.
For more on the Bengals’ Week 12 win, make sure to check out the game recap.
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