Oct 242012
 

Last week: 23 (-4)

Record: 3-4

Before the season, I picked the Bengals to be this year’s team to go from in the playoffs to 5 wins or fewer because I thought they were the weakest of the 12 playoff teams last year, coming in tied for the fewest wins with 9 and having not beaten a single playoff team all year, including the playoffs, when they were one and done. With the Bengals starting 3-1 and the Saints getting off to a horrible start, I moved the Bengals up slightly and the Saints into this spot, but after 3 straight losses by the Bengals, it’s time to put them back here.

They’ve lost to Pittsburgh (3-3), Baltimore (5-2), Cleveland (1-6), and Miami (3-3) and won against Jacksonville (1-5), Washington (3-4) and Cleveland (1-6). They most likely still have not beaten a playoff team in the Andy Dalton era and look at their schedule the rest of the way: vs. Denver, vs. New York Giants, @ Kansas City, vs. Oakland, @ San Diego, vs. Dallas, @ Philadelphia, @ Pittsburgh, vs. Baltimore. Considering their struggles against quality opponents, they could go 2-7 the rest of the way. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. I compared them to the 2011 Buccaneers in my season preview and that kind of finish could happen for them.

Studs

LG Clint Boling: Did not allow a pressure on 28 pass block snaps, rushed for 7 yards on 1 attempt

RG Kevin Zeitler: Did not allow a pressure on 28 pass block snaps, rushed for 7 yards on 3 attempts

RT Andre Smith: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 28 pass block snaps, rushed for 17 yards and a touchdown on 3 attempts

RE Michael Johnson: 1 sack and 3 quarterback hurries on 34 pass rush snaps, 4 solo tackles, 3 assists, 3 stops

P Kevin Huber: 6 punts for 311 yards, 2 inside 20, 3 returns for 10 yards, 46.8 net yards per punt

Duds

QB Andy Dalton: 14 of 28 for 105 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, 2 batted passes, 2 throw aways, 3 drops, 69.8 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 6 of 28 drop backs (0 sacks, 2 of 6, 2 throw aways)

TE Jermaine Gresham: Caught 3 passes for 19 yards on 5 attempts on 20 pass snaps, 5.7 YAC per catch, 1 drop

WR AJ Green: Caught 1 pass for 8 yards and a touchdown on 5 attempts on 28 pass snaps, 0.0 YAC per catch, 1 drop

DT Domata Peko: Did not record a pressure on 26 pass rush snaps, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops, 1 missed tackle

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