Nov 142012
 

Last week: 26 (+0)

Record: 4-5

Did Andy Dalton beat his first playoff team last week? He might have, but I don’t think the Giants are going to be a playoff team when it’s all said and done (more on that later). If that doesn’t piss Bengals fans off enough, they’re still down here and my pick to be this year’s team that goes from the playoffs to 5 wins or fewer. Right now, every playoff team from last year has at least 4 wins. That means one of two things. We’re not going to have a team like that this year (only happened 1 other time in the last decade) or either Detroit, New Orleans, or Cincinnati is about to go 1-6 in their next 7 games.

I’m sticking with the latter for now. The Bengals still do not impress me, ranking just 20th in rate of sustaining drives differential, with an even yards per play differential. They’ll probably only be favored in 2 of their remaining 7 games, so it’s possible. That would mean that the Bengals will have to get upset by either the Chiefs or the Raiders in the next 2 weeks. Stay tuned for my week 11 NFL Picks later this week.

Studs

QB Andy Dalton: 21 of 30 for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns, 1 drop, 2 batted passes, 103.3 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 6 of 30 drop backs (2 of 6, 1 drop)

LT Andrew Whitworth: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 30 pass block snaps, run blocked for 5 yards on 1 attempt

RG Kevin Zeitler: Did not allow a pressure on 30 pass block snaps, run blocked for 19 yards on 5 attempts

RT Andre Smith: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 30 pass block snaps, run blocked for 2 yards on 2 attempts

WR AJ Green: Allowed 7 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown on 9 attempts on 29 pass snaps, 4.4 YAC per catch, 1 drop

CB Adam Jones: Allowed 6 catches for 53 yards on 10 attempts, 3 pass deflections, 5 solo tackles, 1 stop, 2 punt returns for 77 yards

SS Nate Clements: Allowed 1 catch for 1 yard on 3 attempts, 1 interception, 1 pass deflection, 1 solo tackle

DT Geno Atkins: 4 quarterback hits and 5 quarterback hurries on 40 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 solo tackle

LE Carlos Dunlap: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 2 quarterback hurries on 38 pass rush snaps, 4 solo tackles, 5 stops

P Kevin Huber: 4 punts for 193 yards, 2 inside 20, 2 returns for 28 yards, 41.3 net yards per punt

Duds

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Rushed for 50 yards (29 after contact) on 15 attempts, 1 broken tackle, caught 2 passes for 8 yards on 2 attempts

TE Jermaine Gresham: Caught 3 passes for 15 yards and a touchdown on 4 attempts on 23 pass snaps, 1.7 YAC per catch, 1 penalty

WR Brandon Tate: Did not catch a pass on 1 attempt on 15 pass snaps, 2 kickoff returns for 24 yards, 1 punt return for 7 yards, 2 fumbles

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