Cincinnati came out of their bye week with a bang, grabbing a much-needed win in the desert. A lot of players contributed to the big 32-13 win, which truly was a “team victory”.
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Most Valuable Player
It wasn’t the prettiest of performances by the second-year quarterback, but he was gritty and led the team to a game-grabbing touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Burrow finished 20-of-29 for 148 yards and a touchdown. He also had 11 yards rushing, which netted a couple of first downs.
Zac Taylor was committed to the run on Sunday and Mixon took control of things as the game wore on. He is a FedEx Ground nominee this week, thanks to his 123-yard, two touchdown performance.
It wasn’t a flashy day from Chase, either, but he came through with a few big catches, including a touchdown to essentially put the game away. He had three catches for 37 yards, the score and eight yards on two jet sweep attempts.
The rookie kicker just keeps coming through. He tied an NFL record by hitting three 50-plus-yard attempts (54, 53 and 51) and then added another 47-yarder for good measure. He was also 2-for-3 on extra point attempts.
We’re seeing some of the best football from the veteran edge defender this year. On Sunday, he and the defense came to play, with Hubbard accounting for five total tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Who forced that fumble that Hubbard recovered, you ask? Well, it was Hendrickson, who had yet another sack on the season and took the Raiders out of the contest. He also had two total tackles.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 11 MVP?
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Unsung Hero of the Week
The veteran wide receiver quietly led the team in receptions (six) and yards (49) on Sunday. When things weren’t going smoothly in the pass game, No. 83 seemed to come up with a big first down.
When you look at the stat column, you may be prompted to ask why Morgan is on this list with his one reception for three yards. However, this award honors players who do the “dirty work” so to speak, and Morgan excels on special teams and was seen springing a big block on one of Mixon’s touchdown runs.
The big dude is just flattening people. There were some inconsistencies along the line, even on the rare occasion from No. 67 himself, but there were multiple occasions wherein he was springing up holes.
Quinton Spain massive pancake on wide zone pic.twitter.com/Cd4laQZFbV— Mike (Sans) (@bengals_sans) November 22, 2021
The defense played well and Raider wide receivers were essentially non-factors in this one. Darren Waller was the lone threat and Apple had a solid day on the boundary. He iced the game with an athletic interception and earned himself a game ball from Zac Taylor. Apple also had three total tackles. Apple was also a Pro Football Focus all-star in this one, grading almost 90 overall.
Speaking of solid secondary film, Hilton made a couple of trademark plays on Sunday. He had two total tackles, with one for loss. That particular play was huge as it stalled a Las Vegas drive that began with outstanding field position off of a fumble recovery.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 11 Unsung Hero of the Week?
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Play of the Game
Bengals’ defensive stand on Raiders’ opening drive:
This is more a moment and a culmination of three plays, rather than a single one. Burrow fumbled and gave the Raiders excellent field position, but the Bengals’ defense held strong. It was a crucial sequence to disallow Cincinnati to get behind the eight-ball.
Going nowhere pic.twitter.com/EOVLqwIGUS— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) November 22, 2021
Evan McPherson’s 54-yard field goal:
Really, you could pick any one of McPherson’s four field goals as nominees here. But, based on how the first possessions from both teams unfolded, McPherson’s career-long 54-yard bomb to tie the game early was a biggie.
ES BUENO ✅— FOX Impacto NFL (@FOXImpactoNFL) November 21, 2021
Evan McPherson convierte el intento de gol de campo para aumentar la ventaja #NFLxFOX
Bengals 13-6 Raiders
(Yes, we know this is a later kick than the one referenced, but we had some trouble finding a tweet video of the 54-yarder. Enjoy, regardless.)
Joe Mixon’s 11-yard touchdown run:
Vintage Mixon on this one here. Showing good vision, patience and excellent effort, Mixon dove towards the goal line to give the Bengals a nice lead shortly before halftime.
Really cool play design pic.twitter.com/JJPFys5jFy— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) November 22, 2021
Ja’Marr Chase’s six-yard touchdown reception:
Cincinnati needed some breathing room to put this one on ice. Burrow and Co. dialed up a 12-play gut-punch of a drive, capped with a Chase touchdown.
JA’MARR CHASE— PFF CIN Bengals (@PFF_Bengals) November 21, 2021
UNO FOR 6️⃣pic.twitter.com/KKfTQ8Cw6g
Eli Apple’s interception:
After McPherson missed the extra point and there being five minutes left of game clock with a nine-point lead, the Bengals needed one more big defensive play. Apple came up huge with a nice, leaping interception and the victory march was on.
Eli Apple was the second-highest graded #Bengals player on Sunday by PFF.— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) November 22, 2021
87.1 Defensive Grade (2nd best of career)
89.2 Coverage Grade (2nd best of career)
1st INT with Bengals
Team-low 55.6 QBR when targeted
Fantastic Sunday for @EliApple.pic.twitter.com/9nT7W3dSv7
Joe Mixon’s 20-yard touchdown run:
Cincinnati wasn’t done taking it to the Raiders. Just two plays after the Apple interception, Mixon shot through the line and darted into the end zone for his biggest run of the afternoon.
Joe Mixon cutting wide zone to the backside C gap from a 13 personnel look. Great combo from Spain and Jonah to set it up. pic.twitter.com/SEF3op0bAw— Mike (Sans) (@bengals_sans) November 22, 2021
What gets your vote for the Play of the Game in the Bengals’ Week 11 win over the Raiders?
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Bengals’ defensive stand in first quarter
Evan McPherson’s 54-yard first quarter field goal
Joe Mixon’s 11-yard touchdown run
Ja’Marr Chase’s six-yard touchdown reception
Eli Apple’s fourth quarter interception
Joe Mixon’s 20-yard touchdown run