Sep 112012
 

Last week: 28 (-1)

Record: 0-1

I picked the Bengals as one of my overrated teams coming into the season and they certainly looked the part against the Ravens. Andy Dalton struggled mightily to complete anything longer than 10 yards downfield and had the week’s 7th worst adjusted QB rating despite a very clean pocket (9 pressured snaps) against a Baltimore defense missing several key players from last season and their defense struggled to contain a suddenly upstart Ravens offense. A lot of people are taking away from that game that the Ravens are better than last season. I’m taking away the opposite. That the Bengals are worse than last season, significantly, and if the Ravens end up making the playoffs, this will push Andy Dalton’s record to 0-9 against playoff teams in his career.

Studs

LG Clint Boling: Allowed 0 sacks, quarterback hits or quarterback pressures on 42 pass block snaps, run blocked for 39 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts

LT Andrew Whitworth: Allowed 0 sacks, quarterback hits or quarterback pressures on 42 pass block snaps, run blocked for 12 yards and a touchdown on 2 attempts

WR Andrew Hawkins: Caught 8 passes for 86 yards on 9 targets on 26 pass plays, averaged 11.3 YAC per catch

FS Reggie Nelson: 7 solo tackles and 2 stops on 22 run snaps, allowed 2 completions for 8 yards on 4 attempts, 1 pass deflection

LOLB Thomas Howard: 2 solo tackles and 2 stops on 23 run snaps, 1 sack on 4 blitzes, allowed 1 completion for 3 yards on 2 attempts

Duds

QB Andy Dalton: 22 of 37 for 221 yards, 1 interception, 1 throw away, 2 batted passes, 1 drop, adjusted QB rating of 66.2, pressured 9 times

CB Leon Hall: Allowed 5 catches for 103 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 attempts, 3 solo tackles and 1 stop on 22 run snaps

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