Bengals Players Power Rankings: Week Four

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The Cincinnati Bengals Player Power Rankings is a weekly ranking system that not only figures the best players on the team, but the players playing the best. Despite being out of their control, injuries and inactives are huge hits largely because they're not contributing. This week, we see the fall of Rey and the rise of Carlos as the defensive unit begins to take shape for 2012.

Rank

Player

L. Week

Change

Notes

1

A.J. Green

1

--

Green looked like the best player for both teams in Washington. He's uncoverable at this point.

2

Andy Dalton

4

+2

Dalton is on fire. They're playing some poor defenses but he's doing what he has to against lower competition.

3

Geno Atkins

4

+1

Atkins was very effective against the Redskins and their zone-stretch runs. He also recorded a sack..

4

Andrew Whitworth

2

-2

Whitworth has been good, but he's not dominating the way he did in the past.

5

Carlos Dunlap

12

+7

Notice how an elite pass rusher can change the defense? Carlos Dunlap is the ideal power-rushing 4-3 LDE.

6

Andre Smith

6

--

I could see Andre Smith being mentioned as the Bengals best offensive lineman by the end of the season. Very consistent so far.

7

Reggie Nelson

5

-2

Nelson hasn't made the splash play yet that makes us forget about his bad angles and missed tackles.

8

Mike Nugent

7

-1

There is nothing wrong with Nugent. I expect him to make every kick he attempts. It's just that Dunlap, who returned, played greater and jump the kicker.

9

Jermaine Gresham

10

+1

Gresham finally had a standout game. He's on pace for career high numbers this season.

10

Andrew Hawkins

11

+1

Andrew Hawkins makes plays. Get the ball in his hands and watch him work. He's on pace for a 1,100-yard season from the slot.

11

Leon Hall

9

-2

Hall is dealing with a calf injury. He wasn't missed last week; that's saying something.

12

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

8

-4

Since week one, BJGE has 38 carries for 113 yards. That's an anemic 2.97 yards per carry.

13

Michael Johnson

17

+4

Michael Johnson's dominant coming out party was against a backup. Or was it because he had help in the form of Carlos Dunlap? Let's see him continue...

14

Domata Peko

13

-1

Peko hasn't stood out this season. He's not bad or good... just kind of there. He's the least talented DT on the roster. That included the PUP'd Pat Sims. Will we eventually see fewer snaps for Peko?

15

Clint Boling

14

-1

Boling has been very solid this season. I don't think we'll get many dominant performances from him, but we shouldn't get many mistakes either. Veteran-like.

16

Adam Jones

15

-1

Jones has allowed one completion in two weeks. He is banging on the door to be more than a nickel CB. Problem is: Hall and Pacman have played primarily RCB in base 4-3 packages. Jones only gets snaps when Hall moves inside in nickel.

17

Nate Clements

16

-1

Clements has been a liability against the run from the safety spot. It's a big reason why teams are running against the Bengals in nickel defense. He's been very good in coverage from the safety spot.

18

Manny Lawson

18

--

Same old with Lawson; most of his snaps are forgettable.

19

Kevin Zeitler

19

--

Zeitler has been really good in pass protection which is a surprise based on his collegiate career. He'll get better in the run game as he gets more comfortable and stronger.

20

Armon Binns

NR

--

Binns has been very reliable so far this season. He's making the tough catches and proving that the Bengals knew what they were doing.

Dropped Off List: Rey Maualuga

On The Rise: Jeff Faine, Vinny Rey, Terrence Newman, Vontaze Burfict and Chris Pressley

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