Sep 262012
 

Last week: 29 (+8)

Record: 2-1

The Bengals, my original pick to go from out of the playoffs to 5 wins or fewer, are still in the running. I had them doing do because I thought they were the worst of the 12 playoff teams last season (other than Denver, who added Peyton Manning). Andy Dalton can move the ball well against crappy defenses like Cleveland and Washington, but he’s still never beaten a playoff team, going 0-9 in those games (assuming Baltimore makes the playoffs and Cleveland and Washington don’t). They also have a negative yards per play differential and rank 20th in that regard. However, I think they’ve looked better than both Detroit and New Orleans this year, so those 2 teams have moved down past them on these Power Rankings.

Studs

QB Andy Dalton: 19 of 27 for 328 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 1 batted pass, 2 drops, 108.0 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 7 of 30 drop backs (2 sacks, 1 scramble 3 of 4, 1 touchdown, 1 interception)

LG Clint Boling: Did not allow a pressure on 34 pass block snaps, run blocked for 7 yards on 2 attempts

RG Kevin Zeitler: Did not allow a pressure on 34 pass block snaps, run blocked for 2 yards on 1 attempts

RT Andre Smith: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 34 pass block snaps, run blocked for 7 yards on 3 attempts

WR AJ Green: Caught 9 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets on 34 pass snaps, 6.8 YAC per catch

RE Michael Johnson: 4 sacks and 4 quarterback hits on 39 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, 3 solo tackles, 7 stops

LE Carlos Dunlap: 2 quarterback hits and 4 quarterback pressures on 31 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 missed tackle, 2 stops

Duds

TE Jermaine Gresham: Allowed 2 sacks, 1 quarterback hit, and 1 quarterback hurry on 10 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, caught 5 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown on 7 targets on 23 pass snaps, 4.8 YAC per catch, 1 drop

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Rushed for 38 yards (22 after contact) and a touchdown on 17 carries, 2 broken tackles, 1 fumble, did not catch a pass on 1 targets, 1 interception when thrown to

MLB Rey Maualuga: Allowed 7 catches for 89 yards on 7 attempts, 5 solo tackles, 3 assists, 1 stop, 3 missed tackles

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