It was a great way to get a West Coast monkey off their backs, as the Bengals trounced the Raiders to get their first win in the city of Oakland. Plays were made all over the field by Cincinnati stars and they now sit atop the ever-competitive AFC North as the only one of the four teams with a win.
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Andy Dalton, QB: Dalton was incredibly sharp in the opener and set the tone early. The Bengals' signal-caller was 25-for-34 with 269 yards passing and two touchdowns. He spread the ball around to six different receivers and would have had even more stats had A.J. Green not dropped a sure touchdown and had Tyler Eifert been able to stop another deep seam pass from going off of his fingertips.
Jeremy Hill, RB: The Raiders' defense definitely focused on stopping Hill and made it tough sledding for him. Though the second-year back had just 3.3 yards per carry for his 19 runs, he did have two hard-fought touchdowns and a handful of other nice conversion runs. It wasn't one for the ages, but the two scores were huge.
Tyler Eifert, TE: Think the team missed him last year? In his first game back since missing basically all of 2014, Eifert matched his single-season touchdown total in just one game against the Raiders. He had nine catches for 104 yards and two pretty touchdown grabs, cementing his status as a red zone threat. If he stays healthy, this offense can get scary pretty quickly.
Adam Jones, CB: The ever-chippy Pacman played well on Sunday, when he wasn't getting into some ugly scuffles. He was charged with covering rookie Amari Cooper for much of the game, and seemed to get the better of that match-up. No Raiders receivers cracked more than 50 yards through the air, with Jones having 10 tackles and a forced fumble.
Geno Atkins, DT: He was a little quiet for most of the game, but was part of a front that allowed just 63 rushing yards and 44 from starter Latavius Murray. He was also double teamed for most of the afternoon. He made a big play in the game, sacking Matt McGloin and forcing a fumble, which was recovered by Michael Johnson. He just might be back to "the old Geno" after all.