Nov 082012
 

Last week: 26 (+1)

Record: 3-5

Once again, Andy Dalton failed to beat a playoff team, something he’s never done in his career and part of the reason I never ranked them above 18, even when they were 3-1. He lost to 8 such teams last year and 3 or 4 of them this year (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Miami, and Denver). His 3 wins this season have come against teams with a combined record of (6-20). In those 12 career games, he is a combined 257 of 451 (57.0%) for 2718 yards (6.0 YPA), 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions

The Bengals schedule gets tough ahead as they face teams that could make the playoffs in 6 of their final 8 games (NY Giants, San Diego, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore), with only Kansas City and Oakland offering easier games. Every year one team goes from the playoffs to 5 wins or fewer. At 3-5 on a 4 game losing streak, with Detroit and New Orleans improving, the Bengals look like the clear favorite to do so.

Studs

LG Clint Boling: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 52 pass block snaps, run blocked for 11 yards on 2 attempts

TE Jermaine Gresham: Caught 6 passes for 108 yards on 8 attempts, 10.7 YAC per catch, 1 drop

WR AJ Green: Caught 7 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown on 9 attempts on 53 pass snaps, 6.1 YAC per catch, 1 interception when thrown to

SS Reggie Nelson: Didn’t allow a catch on 1 attempt, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop

Duds

RT Andre Smith: Allowed 3 sacks and 2 quarterback hurries on 53 pass block snaps, run blocked for 16 yards on 4 attempts

WR Brandon Tate: Caught 1 pass for 17 yards on 6 attempts, 0.0 YAC per catch, 3 kickoff returns for 106 yards, 1 punt return for 0 yards

LOLB Vontaze Burfict: 3 solo tackles, 2 stops, allowed 5 catches for 54 yards on 5 attempts

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