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Bengals’ total miss on offense in Week 16 reflected in B/R NFL 1000 ranking

While the defense was mostly impressive, and Geno Atkins made it into the overall top 50, nobody on the offense got a good grade from B/R this week, and it was especially bad for the offensive line.

The Bengals’ below average offense faced the Texans’ strong defense last Saturday and only managed to score 10 points. Most of the team’s yards came on a catch and run touchdown play by Brandon LaFell in the second half, and the rushing offense got little push. The Bengals only put together a couple of decent drives in the second half and allowed a lot of pressure to Andy Dalton, who threw a pick and wasn’t able to lead his team to a win.

The B/R NFL 1000 rankings for Week 16 reflect the rough night for offensive coordinator Kevin Zampese’s unit, and only LaFell was worthy of mention after catching six passes for 130 yards and a 86-yard score. The veteran was the seventh-highest ranked wide receiver with 74 points, just one spot behind Antonio Brown.

The offensive line, starting both second-year tackles, Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher, for the first time, struggled mightily all night long and received poor grades. That includes Andrew Whitworth, who got his worst score of the year playing at left guard with 68 points, and Kevin Zeitler, who also reached a new low in Houston at 51st. Center Russell Bodine was again in the bottom of the standings and one has to wonder how much longer the Bengals are going to pretend he’s a viable starter in this league.

On the other side of the field, Cincinnati fared much better. Paul Guenther’s unit found its pass rushing in the first quarter and also stopped the mediocre Texans’ offense for much of the game, including a three and out stop right after Dalton’s interception in the second half. Geno Atkins was again the star, as he’s been all season long. This week only Aaron Donald edged him in the defensive tackle rankings, and he was also included in the overall top 50 at 22nd with 78 points, right between Odell Beckham Jr. and Jadeveon Clowney.

The rest of the defensive line followed suit, and Carlos Dunlap came back from the dead, finishing as the 16th-highest ranked end with 69 points, but an outstanding score of 22 in pass rush, which led the standings. Both Michael Johnson and Wallace Gilberry were close behind.

Here are the ranked Bengals players and you can check the full rankings here:

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Player Pos Rank/out of Week 15 Score (all out of 100) Week 15 High rank/score Low rank/score
Player Pos Rank/out of Week 15 Score (all out of 100) Week 15 High rank/score Low rank/score
Andy Dalton QB 23/36 8 ↓ 66 66 ↔ 2 (Week 13) /82 (Week 13) 31 (Week 12) /53 (Week 8)
Giovani Bernard RB N/R N/R N/R N/R 12 (Week 8) /73 (Weeks 5, 6, 8 and 11) 51 (Week 1) /69 (Week 1)
Jeremy Hill RB 64/68 17 ↓ 65 73↓ 2 (Week 14) /77 (Week 14) 64 (Week 16) /65 (Week 16)
Rex Burkhead RB 43/68 33 ↓ 70 70 ↔ 33 (Weeks 13&15) /70 (Weeks 13, 15 and 16) 46 (Week 12) /67 (Week 12)
A.J. Green WR N/R N/R N/R N/R 1 (Week 1) /86 (Week 1) 32 (Week 2) /70 (Week 5)
Brandon LaFell WR 7/128 9 ↑ 74 71 ↑ 6 (Week 5) /76 (Weeks 1&5) 73 (Week 12) /64 (Weeks 10&11)
Tyler Boyd WR 88/128 73 ↓ 62 63 ↓ 16 (Week 14) /69 (Week 14) 104 (Week 1) /60 (Week 1)
Alex Erickson WR 98/128 N/R 60 N/R 77 (Week 14) /62 (Week 14) 129 (Week 6) / 55 (Week 7)
Cody Core WR 42/128 74 ↑ 66 63 ↑ 42 (Week 16) /66 (Week 16) 115 (Week 1) /52 (Week 1)
James Wright WR 94/128 94 ↔ 61 61 ↔ 71 (Week 11) /65 (Week 12) 125 (Week 4) /54 (Week 4)
Tyler Eifert TE N/R 37 N/R 62 1 (Week 8) /79 (Week 8) 16 (Weeks 10&11) /65 (Week 7)
Ryan Hewitt TE 41/68 55 ↑ 61 59 ↑ 30 (Week 8) /63 (Week 3) 67 (Weeks 2&7) /55 (Week 2)
Tyler Kroft TE N/R 49 N/R 60 14 (Week 6) 66 (Week 6) 62 (Week 1) /51 (Week 1)
C.J. Uzomah TE 30/68 N/R 63 N/R 6 (Week 4) /71 (Week 4) 67 (Weeks 2&7) /55 (Week 2)
Andrew Whitworth G 39/67 14 ↓ 68 74 ↓ 6 (Weeks 1&4) /85 (Week 1) 39 (Week 16) /68 (Week 16)
Jake Fisher RT 13/33 14 ↑ 73 73 ↔ 9 (Week 14) /74 (Week 14) 26 (Week 7) /70 (Week 7)
Eric Winston RT N/R 12 N/R 73 7 (Week 8) /74 (Week 8) 27 (Week 12) /68 (Week 12)
Cedric Ogbuehi LT 21/33 N/R 73 N/R 20 (Week 6) /73 (Week 16) 34 (Week 12) /63 (Week 10)
Clint Boling G N/R 39 N/R 69 10 (Weeks 2&7) /79 (Weeks 1&2) 52 (Week 12) /66 (Weeks 12&13)
Kevin Zeitler G 51/67 12 ↓ 66 73 ↓ 1 (Week 7) /80 (Week 3) 51 (Week 16) /67 (Weeks 8&16)
Russell Bodine C 33/33 20 ↓ 62 68 ↓ 10 (Week 12) /70 (Weeks 11&12) 33 (Weeks 14&16) /57 (Week 1)
T.J. Johnson C N/R N/R N/R N/R 30 (Week 6) /65 (Week 6) 30 (Week 6) /65 (Week 6)
Carlos Dunlap DE 16/57 52 ↑ 69 63 ↑ 1 (Week 4) /76 (Weeks 4&13) 52 (Week 15) /62 (Week 2)
Michael Johnson DE 22/57 47 ↑ 68 64 ↑ 19 (Week 2) /68 (Week 16) 56 (Week 13) /55 (Weeks 1&3)
Will Clarke DE 43/57 56 ↑ 66 60 ↑ 33 (Week 4) /66 (Weeks 13&16) 55 (Weeks 5&12) /53 (Week 5)
Margus Hunt DE 51/57 27 ↓ 65 68 ↓ 20 (Week 2) /68 (Week 15) 60 (Week 4) 53 (Week 4)
Wallace Gilberry DE 25/57 N/R 68 N/R 23 (Week 11) /67 (Week 11) 58 (Week 12) /59 (Week 12)
Geno Atkins DT 2/85 3 ↑ 78 75 ↑ 1 (Weeks 10&14) /91 (Week 1) 16 (Week 5) /70 (Week 12)
DeShawn Williams DT 50/85 75 ↑ 60 57 ↑ 49 (Week 13) /62 (Week 13) 75 (Week 15) /57 (Week 15)
Domata Peko DT 45/85 69 ↑ 61 58 ↑ 29 (Week 4) /70 (Week 1) 70 (Week 12) /58 (Weeks 12&15)
Pat Sims DT 72/85 87 ↑ 56 52 ↑ 45 (Week 4) /64 (Week 4) 87 (Week 15) /52 (Week 15)
Vontaze Burfict OLB N/R 6 N/R 69 1 (Week 10) /79 (Week 10) 38 (Week 11) /58 (Week 12)
Karlos Dansby OLB 11/38 15 ↑ 66 65 ↑ 5 (Week 14) /73 (Week 2) 35 (Week 10) /53 (Week 1)
Vincent Rey OLB 4/38 19 ↑ 70 63 ↑ 7 (Week 2) /76 (Week 2) 31 (Week 10) /57 (Week 6)
Nick Vigil ILB 26/50 24 ↓ 66 68 ↓ 24 (Week 15) /68 (Week 15) 33 (Week 11) /58 (Week 11)
Rey Maualuga ILB 29/50 46 ↑ 66 62 ↑ 24 (Week 12) /71 (Week 3) 52 (Week 1) /60 (Week 5)
Adam Jones CB 82/100 8 ↓ 54 74 ↓ 7 (Week 11) /81 (Week 2) 74 (Week 3) /57 (Week 10)
Dre Kirkpatrick CB 52/100 27 ↓ 62 68 ↓ 7 (Week 12) /80 (Week 2) 104 (Week 1) /49 (Week 1)
Josh Shaw CB 66/100 97 ↑ 59 49 ↑ 15 (Week 12) /72 (Weeks 1&12) 97 (Week 15) /49 (Week 15)
Darqueze Dennard CB N/R N/R N/R N/R 35 (Week 13) /65 (Week 13) 105 (Week 12) /45 (Week 12)
George Iloka FS 10/43 20 ↑ 73 70 ↑ 5 (Week 8) /77 (Weeks 3&8) 40 (Week 6) /62 (Week 6)
Derron Smith FS N/R N/R N/R N/R 11 (Week 11) /75 (Week 11) 27 (Week 6) /72 (Week 6)
Shawn Williams SS 19/44 5 ↓ 71 76 ↓ 1 (Week 8) /82 (Weeks 1&3) 30 (Week 11) /69 (Week 11)
Clayton Fejedelem SS N/R N/R N/R N/R 23 (Week 12) /70 (Week 12) 38 (Week 13) /65 (Week 13)
Randy Bullock K 26/34 21 ↓ 64 68 ↓ 21 (Week 15) /68 (Week 15) 26 (Week 16) /64 (Week 16)
Kevin Huber P 12/32 18 ↑ 71 63 ↑ 11 (Week 13) /71 (Week 16) 32 (Week 2) /53 (Week 5)
B/R NFL 1000 Week 16 rankings