The Bengals were up and down in a lot of areas in their Week 9 win over the Jaguars. The offense as a whole did have one of their best overall games this year with 12 players posting a positive Pro Football Focus Grade, the highest of which being offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth. He's the No. 4 OT in PFF's grades, with Cleveland's Joe Thomas being the No.1 guy.
But the best player in this game may have been defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who registered a 3.1 grade:
Breakdown: The 2014 season has started slow for Atkins after coming off knee surgery last year. However, he played closer to the high level of play we were accustomed to seeing from him before his injury. Atkins led the Bengals’ defense with five stops, four of which game against the run on 19 run defense snaps. He also added two hurries and batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.
Signature Stat: Atkins had a Run Stop Percentage of 22.2 percent, his highest in a single game since Week 9 of the 2012 season.
Everyone will remember cornerback Terence Newman dropping one pick and letting Cecil Shorts outmuscle him for another that turned into a Jags TD, but he actually had one of the best games of any player that day with his 2.6 score.
Breakdown: Although the touchdown Newman allowed in the fourth quarter may be what sticks out most in his performance, he played an exceptional game outside of the one play. On his six other targets (including the Jaguars’ two point conversion attempt), Newman allowed three receptions for just 13 yards and had two pass defenses.
Signature Play: After allowing the touchdown to Hurns in the fourth quarter, Newman comes back on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt to knock the ball out of Cecil Shorts III’s hands to keep it a two score game.
- Andy Dalton only saw pressure on four of 33 drop backs last week.
- Of the 29 aimed passes that Dalton threw, 17 were to players between the numbers.
- The Jaguars sent extra pressure seven times. Dalton completed three of seven passes for 56 yards and a touchdown -- however, two picks came against the blitz.
- Greg Little played 38 snaps, which was more than Brandon Tate and James Wright (Dane Sanzenbacher was inactive). He was not targeted once.
- A.J. Green played 40 of 69 offensive snaps.
- Running back snaps: Jeremy Hill (44), Cedric Peerman (18) and Rex Burkhead (7).
- Of Hill's 154 yards rushing last week, 133 came from outside the tackle.
- Backup TE Kevin Brok had the highest run-blocking grade (2.7), despite playing just 11 snaps.
- Hill finished with a team-high 1.3 rushing grade
- Andrew Whitworth and Mike Pollak finished Sunday with positive grades in pass protection and urn blocking.
- Marshall Newhouse played a season-high 46 snaps, yielding only one quarterback disruption on 20 dropbacks and a positive grade.
- Rookie center Russell Bodine had a modest -0.6 grade.
- The Bengals offensive lien allowed just one QB hurry, but Andy Dalton did take a coverage sack.