The Bengals scored another convincing win in Week 3. This one came in the form of a 33-7 blowout of the Titans at home. There were plenty of great performances on both sides of the ball, but none may have been more encouraging than that of Russell Bodine.
The rookie fourth-rounder was the second-lowest rated center by Pro Football Focus through the first two weeks. But his 2.8 grade against the Titans was tied for the highest grade any player received in the game. Coming into the season, Bodine was viewed as the biggest offensive question mark.
Seeing this kind of performance is very encouraging. Through three weeks, Bodine has slowly improved to the point he looked like an upgrade over Kyle Cook on Sunday. If he can just keep playing the way he did vs. Tennessee, this offensive line "is" be the best in football.
The grade Cincinnati should be most proud of is the one they forced on Jake Locker. The fourth-year QB finished Sunday with a -7.2 grade. That's the worst grade Locker has ever received in his four years in the NFL. Locker was the latest victim of the Bengals defense, a defense even more dominant when playing at home.
PFF gave their game ball to the offensive line for their dominant performance, as evidenced by allowing just one QB hurry the entire game. To this point, the line has yet to allow a sack this year, despite playing with a rookie center and starter Kevin Zeitler missing this week's game.