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ProFootballFocus.com grades for Week 2: Bengals vs. Steelers

See PFF's "About" page for more information on their grading system.

Note: Those with PFF subscriptions may have noticed that the grades posted initially frequently change later in the week (presumably after the All-22 video footage becomes available, giving the analysts a better look). With that in mind, here are notable modifications to Week 1's initial grades:

-Kevin Zeitler (+3.8) became the highest grade-earner over Andre (who stayed at +3.5)

-Michael Johnson (+3.1) became the highest grade-earner over Dunlap (+3.0)

-James Harrison got bumped from +0.7 to +1.7.

-Rey Maualuga got dropped into a tie with Peko for worst grade on defense (-2.7)

Now, on to Week 2!


Offense

Best: Andrew Whitworth (+4.6; +4.1 run block)

Other good grades: Clint Boling (+4.1), Kevin Zeitler (+2.1, +2.2 run block), Giovani Bernard (+1.8), Alex Smith (+1.2), Andre Smith (+1.1), Marvin Jones (+0.9), Anthony Collins (+0.9)

Worst: Jermaine Gresham (-4.0; -2.4 run block, -1.6 penalty)

Other bad grades: Andy Dalton (-1.9), A.J. Green (-1.5)

Defense

Best: Michael Johnson (+5.4)

Other good grades: Terence Newman (+2.1), Leon Hall (+1.6), Vontaze Burfict (+1.1), Geno Atkins (+0.9)

Worst: Carlos Dunlap (-2.6; -1.7 pass rush, -0.8 penalty)
Other bad grades: Rey Maualuga (-1.4; +1.2 run defense; -2.6 pass coverage), Robert Geathers (-1.0; just 8 snaps), Adam Jones (-1.0)

Other performances of note:

-It stings a bit to see Gresham with the lowest grade despite his high-effort contributions in the passing game (for which he received +0.9), but even with his -2.4 run block grade, the offense collectively graded +7.2, topping their highest single-game run block grade from 2012 (+7.0 week 12 vs. Raiders)

-Before this game, Whitworth's highest run block grade in the past two years was +2.1 in 2010 week 16. He didn't exceed +1.1 last year. Maybe he should have knee surgery more often?

-The lowest grade Geno received last year was +1.0 in Week 1.

-James Harrison graded -0.6 in 14 snaps against his old team.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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