Cincinnati Bengals vs. Oakland Raiders: Oakland Grades, Notes and Quotes

The Cincinnati Bengals successfully crushed the spirits of the Oakland Raiders and their fans at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday.

The Bengals offensive line and running back Jeremy Hill set the tone in the first half with long extended drives capped with touchdowns to take an early 24-0 lead before halftime.

Cincinnati set the tempo, and the Raiders failed to establish their own game plan. Quarterback Derek Carr’s injury almost midway through the second quarter made matters worse.

The Raiders offense didn’t find rhythm until late in the fourth quarter, when the game spiraled way out of hand.

Oakland’s sputtering offense kept the defense on the field, which eroded pretty quickly. The Bengals running back tandem accumulated 126 rushing yards. Hill scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half.

The Bengals offensive line silenced edge-rushers Khalil Mack and Aldon Smith for the majority of the game. Quarterback Andy Dalton played four quarters without getting sacked.

The Raiders failed to counter the Bengals on both sides of the ball, the blame for which falls on the coaching staff.

What are the latest updates on player injuries? How do the players feel about this awful loss to the Bengals? What’s the grade for each position?

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