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Week 11 Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 10, Oakland Raiders 17

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Cincinnati Bengals

-Ryan Finley had a tough game, throwing an interception, losing a fumble, and taking five sacks.

-Joe Mixon started hot with a couple long gains and a highlight-reel early touchdown but was held in check after the first quarter.

-Auden Tate led the team in all receiving categories. He suffered a concussion and neck injury on a dirty hit that could end his season.

-Tyler Boyd had one catch for zero yards and voiced his displeasure after the game, making his case for getting more looks from Finley.

Oakland Raiders

-A couple turnovers and some red zone inefficiency led to the Raiders scoring just 17 points despite generally moving the ball with ease against Cincinnati.

-Derek Carr was able to hit each of his three favorite targets (Tyrell Williams, Darren Waller, and Hunter Renfrow) for multiple long gains.

-Josh Jacobs picked up some chunk yardage but had a red zone fumble and was dropped for no gain on multiple red zone carries.

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Ryan Finley, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 13 - 31 - 115 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 47 - 0
Pass protection was a major issue for the Bengals offense. Finley took five sacks and was regularly forced out of the pocket due to pressure. On the opening possession of the game, the defensive end blew right past left tackle John Jerry and knocked the ball out of Finley’s hand as he started the passing motion. The Raiders recovered. Finley’s second turnover came on a fourth-quarter interception. He was forced to scramble to buy time. He directed traffic and tried to fit one in to Alex Erickson but didn’t put enough air on it, which allowed a Raiders cornerback to step in front of the receiver and pick it off. He had a couple other throws to the outside that defensive backs were able to undercut that were almost interceptions. His lack of zip on passes outside the hashes might be a problem. Finley did make some positive plays despite pressure. He scrambled up the middle for a 24-yard gain early and tucked it and ran for a 17-yard pickup when nobody was open on a play-action bootleg pass. He was able to hit a couple nice gains after scrambling to avoid pressure as well.

RB Joe Mixon, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 86 - 1, Rec: 1 - 17 - 0 (3 targets)
Mixon started the game off hot. On the first offensive play, he caught a short swing pass and bounced off a defender near the line of scrimmage and then stayed in bounds down the sideline for a 17-yard pickup. His second touch, he took a pitch and dashed through a small crease on a 30-yard run. Later in the first quarter, he had one of the more impressive 3-yard touchdown runs of the season. He took a pitch left and a slew of Raiders were there to drop him for a loss but he spun out of a tackle and completely reversed field, weaving his way back to get into the end zone. The impressive run was the Bengals first rushing touchdown of the season by anyone other than Andy Dalton. After the first quarter, it was tougher sledding to Mixon. He had a couple nice gains, including a 15-yard rush on a pitch off of right tackle. However, the Raiders shut down the run for the most part and the Bengals poor pass blocking made it impossible to sustain drives.

RB Giovani Bernard, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 30 - 0, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)
Bernard played 52% of the offensive snaps, his highest total in a month, and played more than a handful of snaps on the field together with Mixon. Bernard showed impressive vision and patience on a draw up the middle. He stutter-stepped, allowing time for a small hole to open up and darted through for a 10-yard pickup down to the Raiders 8-yard line. Bernard showed tremendous burst to get to the edge and turn it up the sideline for an 18-yard pickup.

WR Auden Tate, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 56 - 0 (6 targets)
Tate led the team in targets, catches, and receiving yards on the day. He was targeted in the end zone early in the game and drew a holding call on cornerback Trayvon Mullen, setting up the Bengals lone offensive touchdown. He caught a 14-yard pass over the middle in traffic in the two-minute drill before halftime. Tate picked up 18 yards on a scramble drill play, working back across the field to give Finley a target after the quarterback broke the pocket. Tate made a 20-yard catch on 3rd-and-19 midway through the fourth quarter, going low to make the grab in front of the safety. He took a cheap shot hit to the head and neck area as he was going down and had to be carted off the field. He suffered a concussion and was also diagnosed with a cervical strain. Early speculation is that the injury could be season-ending.

WR Tyler Boyd, 61 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 10 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (3 targets)
Boyd played all but two offensive snaps but was only targeted three times. He was uncharacteristically blunt in expressing his frustration after the game, noting that he was open and the team needed to get him the ball. While he didn’t directly criticize the play of Ryan Finley, the target of his frustration was obviously the rookie passer.

WR Alex Erickson, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (5 targets)
Erickson showed no ill effects from the injury that ended his Week 10 prematurely. He played 75% of the offensive snaps but was held without a single receiving yard despite seeing five targets. He didn’t have a real chance to make a play on any of the incompletions. In fact, three separate times Trayvon Mullen undercut his routes and got his hands on the ball. Mullen nearly had an interception on a pass that went through his hands in the third quarter and finally did pick one off in the fourth quarter. Erickson tried to wrestle the ball away but wasn’t able to.

TE Tyler Eifert, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (4 targets)
On an early 4th-and-3, Eifert lined up next to the left tackle and was left uncovered over the middle of the field. He caught the short pass and accelerated up the field for an 18-yard gain. Eifert played just 23 snaps, most of which came on obvious passing downs.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 29 - 292 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 1 - 1
Carr was efficient but he and the Raiders offense weren’t as productive as they could have been against the Bengals defense. Carr completed his first 14 passes and had only five incompletions on the day. He hit Foster Moreau for a 2-yard touchdown on a misdirection play that fooled the Bengals defense and left Moreau all alone for an easy throw and catch. Carr just missed Darren Waller for what should have been a 3-yard touchdown. It looked like Carr expected Waller to sit down in the open spot in the zone while Waller instead kept running, causing the throw to be behind him. Aside from the one misstep with Waller, he and his top targets had a nice connection on the day. Carr hooked up with Tyrell Williams on four downfield passes, each of which went for gains of at least 17 yards. He had three 20+ yard completions to Darren Waller (one of which was brought back due to a penalty). Carr also hit Renfrow for big gains on a number of 3rd down conversions. He became a little too predictable in his 3rd-down reliance on Renfrow with a Bengals safety jumping the quick slant to Renfrow and picking Carr off.

RB Josh Jacobs, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 23 - 112 - 0, Rec: 3 - 12 - 0 (3 targets)
Jacobs gashed the Bengals all day outside of the red zone. He ripped off a 21-yard carry on the first play of the game, sprinting through a big hole off of right tackle. He had another 21-yard run on a pitch play in the fourth quarter. He was regularly able to get to the edge and pick up chunk gains on the Bengals defense. The lack of red zone success was the only thing that kept Jacobs from a big day. On his first carry inside the 20, Jacobs gained nine but in trying to pull a defender for an extra yard at the end of the run took a hit on the ball and fumbled it away. He was stuffed for no gain off of right tackle at the two-yard line midway through the second quarter. The Raiders scored off of play action the next play. He had another goal line carry from the two-yard line later in the second quarter and was again stuffed for no gain, with the Raiders scoring through the air a couple plays later. Jacobs had a 1st-and-goal carry from the six in the fourth quarter that went for a minimal gain as he was tripped up from behind. A couple plays later the Raiders opted for a short field goal instead of giving Jacobs a chance on 4th-and-goal from the one-yard line.

RB Jalen Richard, 16 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 0 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
Richard played just 23% of the snaps and failed to make an impact. He was dropped for a four-yard loss on a pitch play. He caught a short pass on a dump off for a 7-yard gain with the defense playing way back on 2nd-and-19.

WR Hunter Renfrow, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 66 - 0 (6 targets)
Renfrow was on the field a bit less (44% of the snaps) but was again one of Carr’s favorite targets and the go-to guy on third downs. He picked up 27 on a diving over-the-shoulder grab down the right sideline on 3rd-and-6. Just before halftime, Renfrow had another key third-down catch. He caught a quick slant over the middle and picked up 10 yards, getting tripped up just two yards shy of a touchdown. He came through on a third down again the next drive, picking up 20 yards after catching a short pass over the middle with plenty of room to run. The Raiders went to the well one too many times on the quick 3rd-down slant to Renfrow, however. Bengals safety Jesse Bates jumped the route and picked it off. Renfrow picked up five yards on a 3rd-and-6 screen in the red zone. He was able to spin forward to setup a 4th-and-short that the Raiders were able to convert on.

WR Tyrell Williams, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 82 - 0 (4 targets)
Williams was the primary deep threat for the Raiders. He caught a deep crossing route over the middle at full speed, weaving past the first defender for a 24-yard pickup. He picked up 20 yards deep down the middle, hanging on despite taking a big hit. Williams picked up 21 yards on a deep out route along the sideline. His fourth catch went for 17 yards, with Williams catching a deep crosser and again holding on despite contact right after the catch.

WR Zay Jones, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (3 targets)
Jones was targeted on a quick out route down by the goal line. He wasn’t quite able to get the edge and was dropped a yard short of the end zone, forcing the Raiders to settle for a field goal. Jones picked up 13 on a key 3rd-and-6 late in the fourth quarter to keep the clock running.

TE Darren Waller, 66 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0, Rec: 5 - 78 - 0 (7 targets)
Waller caught a slant route and made the first tackler miss to pick up 14 yards and get the Raiders down to the Bengals two yard line, setting up the first offensive touchdown a couple plays later. He nearly had a 3-yard touchdown catch on the next drive but he and Carr weren’t quite on the same page. The Bengals were playing a zone defense and got confused with two players picking up Tyrell Williams on a short out route in the front of the end zone and another defender dropped Waller to pick up the running back. It left Waller all alone in the back of the end zone. However, Carr threw it behind Waller and he wasn’t able to make the twisting grab. Carr expected Waller to slow down once he found the huge hole in the zone but Waller kept running and the two clearly weren’t on the same page. Waller picked up 32 yards on a deep crossing route from the slot. He broke a tackle to add an extra 10 yards at the end of the play. Waller had a 29-yard catch and run down the right sideline that was called back due to holding. The very next play, Waller easily beat a Bengals linebacker to the inside on a slant route and accelerated after the short catch to pick up 23 yards.

TE Foster Moreau, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 8 - 1 (2 targets)
You will rarely see a guy as wide open as Foster Moreau was on his 2-yard touchdown catch. He lined up to the right and slid through traffic away from the motion of the play. No Bengal defender was within 20 yards of him.