It was a perfect game for the Bengals to use as a bounce-back performance after two losses. If you believe in "the primetime curse", playing the 4-6 St. Louis Rams at home at 1 p.m. EST on a Sunday certainly spelled out a win. To those who believe the Cincinnati Bengals simply ran into two hot teams fighting for playoff positioning, the game was an inspired win, allowing the Bengals to take out a lesser opponent.
Regardless of the stance, the Bengals scored 31 points and had a number of big plays in the process. We look at the biggest plays of Sunday afternoon and ask for your vote. Which play was your favorite on the day?
A.J. Green's First Quarter Touchdown Reception:
The Bengals' defense forced a three-and-out from the Rams on their opening possession, and then, it was the offense's turn to take early control of the football game. After a methodical drive of runs and passes, quarterback Andy Dalton hit an inexplicably wide-open Green in the back left corner of the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Tyler Eifert's 22-Yard Touchdown Grab:
After the Rams cut the lead to an uncomfortable 10-7 score, the Bengals needed to put the pedal to the metal. The nine previous plays brought Cincinnati's offense to St. Louis's 22-yard line, marking a pivotal point as to where the game would be headed from there. Dalton found Eifert between three Rams defenders to take a 17-7 lead.
Giovani Bernard's 45-Yard Catch, Fumble and Recovery by Eifert:
The Bengals were on their way to a rout midway through the third. They had a ten-point lead as well as the ball in their possession, ready to strike. They decided to call a safe play to Bernard and let him do the work. He scampered 45 yards, but had the ball poked out at the end. Eifert jumped on it and the Bengals scored a touchdown two plays later.
A.J. Green's Second Touchdown Catch:
As mentioned above, the Bernard play set up Green's second touchdown of the afternoon from 18 yards out. He weaved through traffic to make the nice catch and give the Bengals a 24-7 lead.
Leon Hall's Pick-Six:
The savvy veteran was sitting on short routes thrown by Nick Foles all afternoon and finally had it pay off big time toward the end of the third quarter. Hall returned an interception 19 yards for a back-breaking score to put the Rams away for good.