Sep 182012
 

Last week: 29 (+0)

Record: 1-1

I’m still sticking with the whole, the Bengals are overrated thing. A 7 point win over the Browns doesn’t change that. If anything, it enforces it. The Bengals also rank 31st in the league in yards per play differential, allowing 1.9 yards per play more defensively than they gain offensively. The good news, some reinforcements are on the way as they could get top pass rusher Carlos Dunlap and two cornerbacks, Jason Allen and Dre Kirkpatrick, back from injury this week. A secondary featuring a still not 100% Leon Hall and the washed up Nate Clements and Terence Newman with no pass rush to support it has been predictably torched for 617 yards (9.4 YPA) in 2 games, which ranks 29th in the league, despite facing Joe Flacco and Brandon Weeden. The bad news is the Bengals just put two more players on IR, every down linebacker Thomas Howard and rotational defensive end Jamaal Anderson, and they have a tough test in Washington this week against the upstart Redskins.

Studs

CB Leon Hall: Allowed 5 catches for 40 yards on 7 attempts, 3 pass deflections, 1 quarterback hurry on 1 blitz, 6 solo tackles, 2 assist, 3 stops, 1 missed tackle

DT Geno Atkins: 5 quarterback hurries on 31 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 stop

CB Adam Jones: Did not allow a completion on 1 attempt, 3 punt returns for 90 yards and a touchdown

Duds

C Jeff Faine: Allowed 2 quarterback hurries on 40 pass block snaps, run blocked for 38 yards on 9 attempts

TE Jermaine Gresham: Caught 4 passes for 37 yards on 5 targets, 2.0 YAC per catch, run blocked for 0 yards on 2 attempts, 2 penalties

MLB Rey Maualuga: Allowed 4 completions for 68 yards on 5 attempts, 7 solo tackles, 2 assists, 2 stops, 3 missed tackle, 1 quarterback hurry on 1 blitz

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