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Week 11 Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 28, Kansas City Chiefs 6


Cincinnati Bengals

QB Andy Dalton, Pass: 18 - 29 - 230 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 13 - 1

Dalton was not as sharp as he has been in weeks past but did put up a strong performance from a fantasy standpoint. Dalton didn't complete anything downfield in the first quarter, but his receivers did a nice job picking up enough yardage on the underneath routes to keep the chains moving. After twice overthrowing A.J. Green open down the right sideline, Dalton connected with the star receiver late in the first quarter for the team's first touchdown. On the play Dalton threw a 4 yard fade into double coverage and Green rewarded him by making a spectacular grab and toe-tap. Dalton connected with Green down the right sideline for a 40 yard gain to start the team's next drive and then finished the drive with a 1 yard touchdown run on a naked bootleg. The Bengals were more about ball control in the second half with a lot of short passes and runs. Dalton struggled a little with his accuracy but made a perfect pass near the end of the quarter to Ben Tate for a 24 yard gain. After another well thrown ball on the right sideline to Green, Dalton connected with Mohamed Sanu on a short slant and Sanu took it 14 yards to the end zone.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Rush: 25 - 101 - 1, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)

Green-Ellis put in a very workmanlike effort against the Chiefs hitting holes hard and running downhill most of the day. His best drive of the game came in the second quarter when he picked up 37 yards on five carries including a one yard touchdown run. His best run of that drive was a 21 yard gain that included a knee-buckling juke at the line of scrimmage. In the second half Green-Ellis and the Bengals were content to chew up the clock 4-5 yards at a time and the running back generally got what his blockers gave him and nothing more. Green-Ellis did surrender a few series to Cedric Peerman who was very efficient around the edge.

RB Cedric Peerman, Rush: 8 - 75 - 0

Peerman's longest gain came on a fake punt in the first quarter. He showed good speed to get to the edge, but then had clear sailing for much of his 32 yard gain. Out of the backfield he had an 18 yard run in the second quarter that featured three broken tackles and showed great vision on third and ten draw that netted twelve yards. Peerman clearly still played second fiddle to Green-Ellis and didn't have anywhere near the success between the tackles as the starter.

RB Brian Leonard, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (1 targets)

Leonard made a nice catch in traffic and made a great effort to pick up extra yardage turning a 5 yard catch into an eleven yard gain.

WR A.J. Green, Rec: 6 - 91 - 1 (12 targets)

Green had a nice day that could have been huge. He consistently beat Brandon Flowers and Javier Arenas down the right sideline, but Andy Dalton overthrew more of those targets than they connected on. Green's touchdown catch was the type that only a handful of receivers in the league could make. Versus double coverage Green made a one handed grab on a fade route and somehow got two feet in bounds. Green took a huge hit that drew a flag in the second quarter on his 40 yard reception. He ran a stop and go, running right past Brandon Flowers but the ball arrived just as the safety did and Green paid dearly for catching the ball. The hit didn't seem to affect him as he continued to dominate Chiefs corners in the second half. He seemed to be toying with the two corners as he ran past them down the sideline repeatedly.

WR Mohamed Sanu, Rush: 2 - 0 - 0, Rec: 2 - 22 - 1 (4 targets)

Sanu made a nice one handed grab on a wide receiver screen in the first quarter but was silent for most of the game until the 4th quarter. His only other catch came on a ridiculous slant route that just about made Brandon Flowers fall to the ground. Sanu caught the pass well short of the end zone but he'd so badly beaten Flowers that he was able to waltz in unscathed. Sanu also saw a couple of carries out of the backfield with limited success.

WR Ryan Whalen, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)

Whalen had a short catch on the sideline in the second quarter but was unable to beat the corner for additional yardage.

WR Brandon Tate, Rec: 1 - 24 - 0 (2 targets)

Tate only had one catch but it was an outstanding grab. He caught the 24 yard pass diving out of bounds between two defenders. It took excellent concentration to not only make the catch but get two feet in amidst those bodies.

TE Jermaine Gresham, Rec: 6 - 69 - 0 (8 targets)

Gresham got into it with Eric Berry in the first quarter and then proceeded to dominate Berry and the Chiefs secondary for the next quarter and a half. Gresham had 4 catches for 56 yards over approximately 16 minutes of game time in the first half, looking like the dominant force some have predicted the young tight end could one day be. Every catch he made ended with Gresham either dragging or trucking defenders on his way to additional yardage. He had a touchdown called back after it was ruled that his knee hit at the one yard line, but even on that play he'd caught the ball at the 5 and nearly drug two defenders into the end zone. Gresham was particularly cruel to Berry, running over him at every opportunity. Gresham was quieter in the second half with the game mostly decided, but made quite a statement with his early performance.


Kansas City Chiefs

QB Brady Quinn, Pass: 9 - 14 - 95 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 7 - 0

Quinn came in to start the second half and was more accurate but no better at handling the rush. He was forced to play without Dwayne Bowe, which made his job even harder. Quinn seemed to have the best timing early with Terrence Copper as he hit him with both a short hitch and an out route in the third quarter. He hit Moeaki with beautifully thrown pass on a seam route for a 20 yard gain in the 4th quarter but not much else. He had a lot of trouble with the snap from the Chiefs third string center and seemed to have a hard time pulling the trigger if there was a defender in the area.

QB Matt Cassel, Pass: 8 - 16 - 93 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0

Cassel had one decent drive in his half of football that wasn't good enough to earn him a second half. In the first quarter, Cassel completed only one downfield pass, a 22 yard gain on a seam route to Tony Moeaki. He was pressured heavily and struggled to get a clean pass off. He started the second quarter even worse, turning the wrong direction on a running play to cause a broken play. On the very next play he terribly overthrew Jamaal Charles wide open in the flat. Cassel's only decent drive came with 53 seconds left in the half as he led them 65 yards for a field goal. Cassel completed back to back passes of 20 and 26 yards to Moeaki and Dexter McCluster. The throw to McCluster was one of his best plays of the game as he avoided the rush but kept his eyes downfield to find the open receiver.

RB Jamaal Charles, Rush: 17 - 87 - 0, Rec: 4 - 31 - 0 (6 targets)

Charles was once again the bright spot in a terrible offensive performance from the Chiefs. Charles was effective in the first quarter bouncing off the left side and got really solid blocking from that side of the line. Once he'd established the outside he started cutting back and gashed the Bengals for 41 yards on his first six carries. The Bengals sold out against the run in the second quarter and Charles found virtually no room at all. Charles did have a nice run after catch on a 16 yard reception late in the quarter that featured one broken tackle. Charles was bottled up for a majority of the second half other than a 17 yard run on a draw play that caught the Bengals off guard. Charles played sparingly late with the game already decided.

RB Shaun Draughn, Rush: 2 - 10 - 0, Rec: 2 - 1 - 0 (3 targets)

Draughn didn't even get a carry until the game was well out of hand. His only early action came on kickoff returns and a short screen on which he fell down in the backfield

RB Peyton Hillis, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0

After a strong seven yard gain on his first carry, Hillis fumbled the ball on his second and saw little action after that.

WR Dexter McCluster, Rec: 3 - 37 - 0 (3 targets)

McCluster had the team's longest reception, a 26 yard sliding grab after Matt Cassel had extended the play with his legs. He had a couple of other short grabs and showed his shifty demeanor on an 8 yard gain off a WR screen.

WR Terrance Copper, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (4 targets)

Copper was Quinn's favorite target in the second half and showed good hands when given the opportunity. He ran two crisp hitch routes and fought hard for extra yardage after the catch.

WR Steve Breaston, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (3 targets)

Breaston dropped a ten yard out in the second quarter and didn't see another target until the final drive of the game.

WR Devon Wylie (2 targets)

Wylie saw extended action in the 4th quarter and looked nearly lost. He dropped a deep cross that was slightly behind him and fell down on a deep out that was well thrown.

WR Dwayne Bowe (2 targets)

Bowe saw only one target on a deep ball down the right sideline in the second quarter. He had the ball in his hands for a split second before it was ripped away by a defensive back. When he landed he sustained a neck injury and did not return.

TE Tony Moeaki, Rec: 4 - 73 - 0 (6 targets)

Moeaki led the team in receptions and yardage and did most of his damage in the seam. His first reception was a quick post and he hurdled a defender for a 22 yard gain. He made a great leaping catch in the seam in the second quarter and took a brutal hit but held on on nearly the same play in the 4th.