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Cincinnati Bengals Wrangle Dallas Cowboys: 5 Big Takeaways

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Brian Hill #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Brian Hill #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Struggling out of the gate in Dallas, the Cincinnati Bengals bounced back with a solid finish from the backups. Which players continued to rise?

Optimism was the key coming into this match up for the Cincinnati Bengals, but it definitely didn’t start as planned. The Bengals first team offense started out this game in a slump and they looked out of sync under pressure. The Cowboys’ defense was overwhelming the offensive line, and the offense wasn’t able to muster a scoring drive going into halftime.

Quarterback Andy Dalton completed five passes on seven attempts for just 41 yards and at the time, leading rusher Joe Mixon was held to eight yards on four carries. The defensive line for the Cowboys lived up to the hype and forced punts on every first half drive, while also forcing a fumble. The game did continue to speed up as the second and third teams entered, so here is what headlined this match-up.

Running Backs Making A Case

Tra Carson definitely stood out going into the second half with his awareness in finding the gaps and physical down-field running. He ended the game with 24 yards rushing, and scored the first touchdown of the night on a stretch over the goal line. While he had a solid night, running back Brian Hill stole the show with his electrifying runs and also his yards after making two solid catches. He ended the night with 12 yards rushing on two carries, and lead the team in receiving with two catches for 47 yards. On one of those catches, Hill caught a three yard pass from Barkley and capped off the second touchdown drive of the evening. When Joe Mixon and Giovanni Bernard were held in check, both Hill and Carson established their case to move up the running back depth chart.

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