As you can imagine, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Pro Football Focus grades in Week 14 were pretty horrific, but it wasn’t all bad.
Quarterback Andy Dalton had a passer rating of 26.3 when targeting A.J. Green, which ranked worst among wide receivers with more than seven targets in Week 14. It ranked eighth-worst out of the 111 wide receivers who were targeted.
In fact, Bengals receivers all graded average or below this week. Alex Erickson graded out at 70.9, Brandon LaFell at 60.5, Tyler Boyd at 47.4, Green at 45.5, and Malone at 45.2.
Running back Giovani Bernard graded as the 40th=best running back this week with an overall PFF grade of 50.9. The good news is Bernard was efficient in the receiving game, finishing with 2.13 yards per route run, which ranked 12th-best in Week 14.
The Bengals offensive line is now ranked 28th out of 30 teams in pass-blocking efficiency. However, the offensive line didn't allow pressure on 71.9 percent of their 40 passing snaps in Week 14.
Of the 14 total pressures allowed by offensive lineman, tackles Andre Smith and Cedric Ogbuehi allowed five and six total pressures respectively. Smith allowed five hurries, and Ogbuehi allowed two sacks with four hurries.
On a more positive note, Clint Boling has been on the field for 173 straight passing plays without allowing a pass rusher to pressure Andy Dalton. Boling last gave up a pressure in week nine. Boling is currently graded as the second-best guard with an 85.5 overall grade.
Defensive tackles Geno Atkins, Pat Sims, Andrew Billings, and Ryan Glasgow rushed the passer a combined 47 times and only created three hurries this week. This was largely due to Atkins only playing ten pass-rushing snaps and accounting for a single hurry, the least pressure he's forced since week seven where he accounted for two hurries.
To be fair to Atkins, he was hobbled with a toe injury and barely played in the blowout.
Linebackers Jordan Evans, Vincent Rey and Kevin Minter ranked 65th, 66th, and 67th out of 69 ranked linebackers in Week 14. All three failed to break a 35.0 overall PFF grade. Evans graded out at 34.6, Rey at 34.3 and Minter at 33.0.
Cornerback William Jackson continues to shine, earning a game grade of 83.2. Jackson played 34 snaps was targeted only two times, allowing one reception and 0.09 yards per snap.
Defensive lineman Michael Johnson had his second-highest overall graded game of the season, earning a 78.1 mark, good enough for 25th-best among defensive ends in Week 14. Johnson's highest graded game was Week 9 against Jacksonville, earning an 80.4 grade.
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