Jeremy Hill up, Giovani Bernard down in Bengals' win

Dalton, Austin pickup game balls in Bengals' rout of Rams

Bengals QB Andy Dalton earned the game ball with three touchdowns and Ram's WR Tavon Austin picked up the game ball with his solo touchdown.

CINCINNATI -- A look at Cincinnati Bengals players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 31-7 win over the St. Louis Rams:


Jeremy Hill: He may not have found the end zone, but Hill still accomplished something important in Sunday's win. He gained yards. Specifically, he gained more yards than he had in any other game this season, collecting 86 on the ground on 16 carries. It was a vintage performance for him. He regularly flashed through the line of scrimmage with the explosion and burst he had as a rookie all of last year. He finished off some physical runs, too, earning a 5.4 yards per carry average. He entered the game with a 3.3 yards per carry average.

Andy Dalton: For the fifth time this season, Dalton threw three touchdown passes in a game. That's a feat he only performed once in 2014. The year before that, he had a career-high six games with three or more touchdown passes. His 20-for-27, 233-yard outing against the Rams was just the solid performance the Bengals needed from their quarterback coming off two straight losses.

Leon Hall: There hasn't been much written about the veteran cornerback this year, but he certainly left his imprint on this game. He had a big impact in the third quarter when he intercepted a pass that effectively closed out the win. Without a receiver near him, Hall stepped up and picked off a Nick Foles pass that he returned untouched for a 19-yard touchdown. It was the game's final score. The 26th interception of Hall's career, the picked pass moved him into sole possession of fourth place on the Bengals' all-time interceptions list.


Giovani Bernard: This is truly nitpicking here -- the Bengals had a complete performance from virtually the entire roster -- but Bernard didn't have quite the same overall performance that he might have had in recent weeks. He had 128 yards receiving in last week's loss to the Cardinals, and 72 rushing yards two weeks before that against the Browns. Against St. Louis, he gained only 16 yards on 10 carries. One of his two catches was a 45-yard play that ended when he fumbled the ball. Bernard was fortunate tight end Tyler Eifert was there to fall on the loose ball so the Bengals could retain possession.

Tyler Kroft: It was as soon as he caught a pass with a seam to run through that the Bengals third-rounder stumbled across his own feet, falling forward for just a 4-yard gain. It's hard to say if he was going to break loose for massive yards, but Kroft probably still wants to get a do-over. The pass was his first career reception.