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Best: Andre Smith (+7.0; +4.1 run block)
Other good grades: Clint Boling (+2.7), A.J. Green (+1.7), Dennis Roland (+1.7), Andrew Whitworth (+1.0), Trevor Robinson (+0.9)
Worst: Marvin Jones (-1.8)
Other bad grades: Andrew Hawkins (-1.1), Brian Leonard (-0.9), Andy Dalton (-0.9)
Best: Carlos Dunlap (+5.1; +4.3 pass rush)
Other good grades: Geno Atkins (+4.4), Reggie Nelson (+1.4), Domata Peko (+1.4), Wallace Gilberry (+1.1), Rey Maualuga (+0.8; +1.2 run defense)
Worst: Vontaze Burfict (-2.3; -1.4 pass coverage)
Other bad grades: Manny Lawson (-0.9)
Other performances of note:
-Make no mistake, Carlos Dunlap has had a very good year (+13.2 overall, 2nd highest on the defense), but his pass rush grades - aside from this game (+4.3) and his season debut in week 3 (+4.8) - have mostly disappointed (-5.3 otherwise). Last year, his pass rushing ability had the PFF folks slobbering: he finished 5th among 4-3 DE's in their Pass Rushing Productivity stat and had an overall pass rush grade of +19.2. Has the beast been reawakened?
-Same old, same old: Again, the linebackers struggle in pass coverage (Maualuga: -1.2, Burfict: -1.4, Lawson: -0.9).
-Is Zeitler tiring? He still hasn't graded less than 0.0 since the first week of the season, but his last 3 games (+0.4, +0.3, +0.2) have not met the standard he set earlier in the year (>1.0 in weeks 3-10).
-Burfict hasn't grade positively overall in any of the last 6 games for a cumulative grade of -8.4.
~Okay, that's enough 'negatives'~
-Since week 5, Andre Smith hasn't had a run block grade less than +0.6. His cumulative run block grade in that span is +9.6.
-Before last week's game, the Bengals' highest team run block grade for a game was +2.8. The last two games: +6.0, +7.0.
-I'm not entirely sure how meaningful it is to look at cumulative team grades, but I like what they have to say at the moment, so, FWIW:
* Bengals: +137.6 overall (+55.9 offense, +45.8 defense, +39.2 special teams)
* Ravens: +100.3 overall (+53.1 offense, -8.7 defense, +55.9 special teams)
* Steelers: +39.1 overall (+25.6 offense, -2.7 defense, +16.2 special teams)
* Browns: +26.0 overall (+0.2 offense, +22.1 defense, +3.7 special teams)
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