This is an easy one. Joe Mixon had an explosive day running the ball, carrying the ball 30 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t do anything as a pass-catcher but he didn’t need to on Sunday.
Evan “Money” McPherson continues to wow Bengals fans. The rookie kicker knocked through all four field goals asked of him and three of those came from 50+ yards. Yes, he missed an extra point, but fortunately, it didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
We’ve all been hard on Eli Apple this year (and to be fair, he’s deserved it) but his interception off Derek Carr in the fourth quarter was the momentum swinger the Bengals needed. The Raiders had scored a touchdown, making it a three-point game. Cincinnati then went down the field and answered with a touchdown of their own.
When Vegas got the ball back, it felt like this game was trending toward a shootout until Apple picked off Carr. Cincinnati then went on to score a touchdown and essentially put the game out of reach for the black and silver. Good for Apple, man.
After weeks of little to no involvement in the offense, Tyler Boyd finally had the kind of day we had been waiting for. He finished Week 11 with six catches for 49 yards and led the team in receiving. He also had one carry for 14 yards. Good things happen when the ball is thrown Boyd’s way.
The Bengals pass-rush didn’t show up until the final few minutes but Sam Hubbard played well throughout the game. The Ohio State product finished with five tackles (two for loss) and one sack while also recovering a fumble. Ideally, we’d like to see the pass-rush show up sooner, but Hubbard did his part on Sunday.
The win might not have been the prettiest but hey, a win is a win. The Bengals needed to get back into the win column after some tough losses and now they’re just as much in the AFC sweepstakes as any other team.