Joe Mixon also played a big part, rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals get back in the win column and improve to 6-4 while the Raiders have now lost three straight, falling to .500 on the season.
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Joe Burrow got hit a couple times early and was noticeably limping in the first half but stayed in the game to put together a 148-yard, one-touchdown performance. Fourteen of his 20 completions went for first downs despite just over 50% of his throws being short of the sticks. Outside of the fourth quarter passing touchdown, the Bengals relied on the run game down the stretch and Burrow finished with a 67.7 passing grade.
Joe Mixon averaged just 2.4 yards per carry through the first two quarters but started to explode in the second half. After halftime, he carried the ball 19 times for 97 yards with four of those attempts gaining over 10 yards. He also scampered for a 20-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to help seal the game.
Joe Mixon by half
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Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
The box score won’t look flashy, but the Bengals receivers moved the sticks consistently and kept the offense humming. Burrow connected with 10 different receivers, with Tyler Boyd leading the unit in receptions (six) and yards (49). Ja’Marr Chase only caught three passes but one went for a nine-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Bengals up two scores.
The Bengals offensive line had a rough start to the game but smoothed out as the game progressed and allowed just 12 pressures. Riley Reiff gave up six pressures and will receive a sub-50.0 pass-blocking grade. Trey Hopkins didn’t allow a pressure on any of his 35 pass-blocking snaps and was one of two lineman to earn an 80.0-plus pass-blocking grade upon first review.
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The Bengals pass-rush was nearly nonexistent until the fourth quarter. Trey Hendrickson earned an elite pass-rush grade by generating three pressures and a late strip-sack that ended the Raiders' comeback hopes. Fellow edge rusher Sam Hubbard played 25 pass-rush snaps and sacked Carr earlier in the game. The Bengals defensive line combined for 11 pressures.
Logan Wilson and Germaine Pratt both played poorly against the run, leading to what will likely be sub-40.0 defensive grades. Wilson also struggled in coverage, allowing three receptions for 50 yards and a score.
Eli Apple has been picked apart multiple times this season, but today was different. He allowed just two receptions for 27 yards while also coming up with a fourth quarter interception to help set the Bengals up in good field position.
On the other hand, Jessie Bates III hasn’t played up to par in his contract year, giving up 64 of the unit’s 154 yards in coverage. Four members of the secondary gave up at least 25 yards in the win.
|Player||Coverage snaps||Targets||Yards||Passer rating|
|Jessie Bates III||30||3||64||118.8|
Outside of the one touchdown-scoring drive, the Raiders struggled to move the ball down the field. Derek Carr threw for 215 yards and a touchdown, but only nine of his 19 completions went for a first down. Carr completed all six of his pass attempts off play-action for 92 yards, but the Raiders trailed for most of the game and weren’t able to use play-action down the stretch.
Carr made two big-time throws and at least two turnover-worthy plays for the third consecutive game.
Derek Carr from a clean pocket
Josh Jacobs carried the ball just nine times for 37 yards, with 32 coming after contact. He forced five missed tackles, and all of his rushing attempts went for positive yardage. Jacobs was also used heavily as receiver, catching five of his seven targets for 24 yards.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
It was Darren Waller or bust for the Raiders passing game. Waller caught seven of his eight targets for 116 yards, with four receptions gaining at least 15 yards.
When Waller went out, it was fellow tight end Foster Moreau who stepped up. His lone reception went for a 19-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Hunter Renfrow led the wide receivers with four receptions for 30 yards in the slot.
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The Raiders offensive line had an excellent performance, conceding just eight pressures in the game. Rookie Alex Leatherwood allowed three pressures and earned the lowest pass-blocking grade. Andre James was one of three offensive lineman to not allow a pressure and earned an 82.3 pass-blocking grade upon first review.
The Raiders pass-rush was one of the lone bright spots in the loss, as the unit combined for 18 pressures. Maxx Crosby continued his dominance off the edge, leading all pass rushers with five pressures and a 25% win rate. Yannick Ngakoue, Quinton Jefferson and Solomon Thomas each sacked Burrow in the game and combined for eight total pressures.
Denzel Perryman led the NFL in tackles heading into Week 11 and finished with a team-high 12 tackles in the game. Perryman held his own against the run, creating three defensive stops and two tackles for loss or no gain. He gave up five receptions in coverage but forced two incompletions and added three more defensive stops to his stat line.
The Bengals struggled to move the ball through the air, as the Raiders secondary allowed just 68 yards in coverage. Brandon Facyson allowed four receptions for a team-high 44 yards but was the only one to allow over 20 yards. Trevon Moehrig played the most coverage snaps (33) but wasn’t targeted throughout the game and forced an incompletion.