The Cincinnati Bengals were without four offensive lineman Sunday due to injury and still found a way to defeat the AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans 31-20 at Paul Brown Stadium.
Without the steady play of center Billy Price, the Bengals may not win Sunday. Price lined up with an offensive line that without Bobby Hart, Trey Hopkins, Michael Jordan and Jonah Williams and was able to help guide a group of inexperienced lineman to a game that saw them allow just two quarterback hits and no sacks.
Behind Price and their ragtag group of offensive lineman, the Bengals ran for 118 yards without Joe Mixon in the lineup.
As a result of his stellar play and leadership, Price, a former Ohio State Buckeyes standout, was awarded a game ball by head coach Zac Taylor after the game.
“Billy Price got a game ball because he’s everything we want our players to be about,” Taylor told reporters post game. Comes to work every day with a mindset of wanting to get better. His personality never wavers. He’s earned this. Really proud of the person and man he is.”
With the trade deadline looming, there was some speculation Price could be moved, especially after the team landed B.J. Finney in the Carlos Dunlap trade with the Seahawks.
Taylor’s comments suggest Price will be staying in the Queen City.