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Bengals vs Raiders: Winners and Losers

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The Cincinnati Bengals opened the season with an impressive 33-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. We look at the winners and losers from Sunday's win.

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WINNERS

Adam Jones: Jones played well on Sunday, making quality open-field tackles while making several pass deflections against wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Jones led the team with 10 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass deflection.

Jeremy Hill: It wasn't long before Hill, who led the NFL in yards rushing over the last nine weeks of the regular season last year, took over against Oakland. Hill, who scored two touchdowns and had 63 yards rushing, set the tone early during Cincinnati's 33-13 win over the Raiders.

Tyler Eifert: When you generate 96 yards receiving in the first half as a tight end, you're well on your way to being mentioned among the greats in the league. Time is needed to figure out how Eifert's career will play out, but his production against Oakland gave Andy Dalton a weapon that the Raiders had no answers for. Eifert ended the game with 104 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Andy Dalton: Cincinnati's starting quarterback had a quality performance, completing 25 passes (73.5 percent) of his passes for 269 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Giovani Bernard: Bernard quietly had an impressive performance, with a handful of big-chunk yardage plays, including a 28-yard sprint that led to Tyler Eifert's second touchdown, giving the Bengals a 30-0 lead. Bernard touched the football 14 times, generating 88 yards from scrimmage.

LOSERS

George Iloka: An excitable response to a tackle led to a personal foul; in the grand scheme it didn't impact anything. However, he suffered an ankle injury at the end of the first quarter, forcing him to miss the entire second half.

Adam Jones: For this crap.

Adam Jones

PERSONAL FOULS: George Iloka was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct (taunting), Adam Jones for a unnecessary roughness and Dre Kirkpatrick for taunting. Oakland was never able to capitalize on these, however they are an issue.