Cincinnati Bengals Midterm Report Card

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals take the field against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals take the field against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 30, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) gestures after rushing 14 yards for a first down against the Washington Redskins during game 17 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. The Redskins and Bengals tied 27-27. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Grading the Bengals’ offense, defense, and special teams over the first eight games of the 2016 season. Here’s the midterm report.

The Bengals are 3-4-1 after a 27-27 tie with Washington last Sunday. The team heads into the Week 9 bye still within striking distance in the AFC North race.

Here is the team’s report card for the first half of the season:

Offense: C+

The good

The Bengals’ offense is ranked No. 4 in the NFL through eight weeks, averaging just under 400 yards per game.

Considering the Bengals lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to free agency prior to the season, Andy Dalton‘s numbers have been pretty remarkable. On top of not having Tyler Eifert back to full strength until London, Dalton is still fourth in the league in passing and is on pace for a career-high 4,698 passing yards. Meanwhile, the Red Rifle has thrown just three interceptions, setting him up for just six for the entire year, also a career-best.

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A.J. Green has been the MVP of the Bengals’ first half, leading the NFL in catches and receiving yards. When Green is on, so are the Bengals. In his four 100-yard games this season, Cincinnati is 3-0-1, compared to an 0-4 mark when he’s held under the century mark.

Green’s hail Mary touchdown against Cleveland in week seven is NFL.com’s number one play of the midseason.

On the ground, Jeremy Hill is quietly on pace to run for over 1,000 yards after tallying a career-high 168 rushing yards against Cleveland. He’s also chimed in some other respectable games, too, against Denver (97 yards, two TDs), Miami (71 yards), and Washington (76 yards, TD).

Giovani Bernard has been the change-of-pace back as expected. He is notching 3.9 yards per carry on 77 attempts while adding 277 yards on 31 catches. Bernard is on pace for a fourth straight season with 1,000 or more all-purpose yards.

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