It was a tightly-contested game in Arizona this Sunday night, with Carson Palmer eking out the win over his old squad. Some said it might be a Super Bowl preview, but that obviously remains to be seen. A number of Bengals players had outstanding performances against the Cardinals.
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QB Andy Dalton: This was a type of game the embattled Cincinnati quarterback had struggled in, historically-speaking. Primetime game, on the road while going up against a pretty formidable team seemed to point to a rattled Dalton we've seen in the same type of situation before. However, he shook off somewhat-constant pressure and threw for 315 yards, completing 22-of-39 passes. He had two touchdown passes, and zero interceptions, though he did have a lost fumble. He also added 34 rushing yards on the night.
RB Jeremy Hill: The big guy is still struggling to sustain consistent positive yardage and pop the big play, but had 45 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on Sunday night, giving him seven rushing touchdowns in 2015.
RB Giovani Bernard: Even when certain aspects of his game aren't fully clicking, Bernard is continuing to find a way to help out the offense with big flair. He amassed just three yards per carry (18 yards on six totes), but was the leading receiver for the Bengals with eight catches for 128 yards. He had catches for 41, 30 and 21 yards thrown his way for another productive game.
TE Tyler Eifert: After what could have been his worst game he's ever had, Eifert was a red zone machine once again Sunday night. He only had three catches for 22 yards, but two of the grabs went for touchdowns. He has truly been a nightmare for opposing defenses in 2015.
DE Michael Johnson: The team's big free agent acquisition this year has been a bit quiet, but had a good night against Arizona. He had six total tackles, a sack and forced fumble against the Cardinals, while also helping hold them to just 82 net rushing yards on the night.
DT Geno Atkins: The big defensive tackle had his second career sack against his former teammate on Sunday night, giving him seven on the year. He too, helped to stifle the run and had four total tackles.