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Andy Dalton and the offense get back on track Sunday. The Rams fall into a tailspin after a blowout loss. The Seahawks win a big game against the Steelers, and the Patriots are undefeated no more.

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A.J. Green, Andy Dalton remind us how dominant the Bengals can be
It was during the pregame huddle for the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive and defensive playmakers when receiver Mohamed Sanu called up a group of his teammates and did his best to motivate them.

Cincinnati Bengals Look Nearly Unstoppable in Pursuit of AFC Playoff Bye
Against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday the Bengals played every bit like the juggernaut they were through the first two-and-a-half months of the season. Any worries Bengals fans might have had about an Atlanta Falcons-like tailspin were erased by a 60-minute, no-doubt performance by quarterback Andy Dalton, tight end Tyler Eifert and the 43 other active Bengals.

Rams vs. Bengals - Game Recap
As the touchdown passes and interceptions piled up, it felt like a throwback game for the Bengals. Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes -- two of them to A.J. Green -- and Cincinnati emerged from its brief skid with an effort reminiscent of its perfect first half of the season, beating the St. Louis Rams 31-7 on Sunday.

Quick hits: Miffed Bengals D-line responds; Take bow, O-line; DownHill; Nelson again
No one could block Geno Atkins (97) Sunday as he wrecked the Rams' plans. You just never know what is going to inflame the other guy. Rams second-year center Demetrius Rhaney, who made his first NFL start at left guard in Sunday’s 31-7 Bengals victory, found out the hard way.

Jeremy Hill's Emergence in Win vs. Rams a Great Sign for Bengals' Playoff Push
All season long, no matter the record, observers wondered when the Cincinnati Bengals would get back to their run-first ways with talented lead back Jeremy Hill. The much-anticipated answer? Week 12, a 31-7 whipping of the St. Louis Rams.

Bengals 5th Quarter: Game balls, analysis, stats and more
Welcome to the Bengals Fifth Quarter where I provide my analysis of Sunday's 31-7 win over the St. Louis Rams that came before a crowd of 61,022 in Paul Brown Stadium

Bengals' defensive line adjusts, dominates
Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin were all St. Louis had on offense on Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium, and the pair combined for their team's most explosive play of the day – a 60-yard run by Austin – when Gurley lined up in the shotgun and then handed off to Austin as he swept across the line from left to right. To that point, the Rams had totaled all of 48 yards of total offense and just three on the ground.

Behind Enemy Lines

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher lashes out at critics who blame team's effort
After the St. Louis Rams dropped their fourth consecutive game in 31-7 blowout fashion to the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Jeff Fisher made it clear their effort should not be in question.

Rams' Case Keenum: Will start when cleared from concussion
Head coach Jeff Fisher reiterated Sunday that Keenum will start when he receives clearance from the concussion protocol, Nick Wagoner of reports. Keenum fulfilled expectations with inactive status Sunday at Cincinnati, forcing the inimitable Nick Foles to carry the offense to the tune of 30-for-46 passing, 228 yards, and no touchdowns versus three interceptions.

Regressing Rams stumble to fourth loss in a row
It has reached this point for the stumbling Rams. Their fourth loss in a row came 31-7 Sunday to Cincinnati. At no point throughout the proceedings did you get the feeling they would make a legitimate run at the AFC North division leaders. At 4-7, and with Arizona up next on the schedule, you wonder if the offense will ever score more than 20 points again, or if the Rams will even win another game in 2015.

Rams vs. Bengals: St. Louis Grades, Notes and Quotes
The St. Louis Rams (4-7) fell to the Cincinnati Bengals (9-2) with a final score of 31-7. It's the fourth-straight loss for the struggling Rams and the epic month-long implosion continues.  There were almost zero positives from St. Louis today. The offense was laughable, as usual, and the defense is playing with far less tenacity than we saw early in the year—almost as if the unit has raised the white flag.

Random Bytes

Seahawks' Big Win Proves Costly with Loss of Jimmy Graham
While technically true, the oversimplified adage about a win being a win is in reality an attempt to excuse any of the negative circumstances surrounding said win. And at the risk of raining on any 12th Man parades, the Seattle Seahawks' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday indicates that, while Seattle is undoubtedly a playoff contender, there are some key issues surrounding the team as we enter the final month of 2015.

Adrian Peterson Boosts MVP Campaign During Another Impressive Vikings Win
Let’s play one of the most important NFL word-association games. When you see the letters "MVP" together while capitalized and maybe even bolded, which player comes to mind immediately?

Calvin Pryor to Ryan Tannehill: Throw a better ball
Ryan Tannehill's disappointing day in New Jersey on Sunday turned sour after the Dolphins' 38-20 loss when he called out Jets safety Calvin Pryor for celebrating after a big hit on Dolphins receiver Rishard Matthews. Pryor, for one, points out that Tannehill could have prevented the whole thing from happening.

Broncos show big-game grit, overcome early mistakes for overtime win over Patriots
It took a quarterback making just his second career start, a productive run game and a fourth quarter to remember, but the Denver Broncos finally flipped the script on the New England Patriots.