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Bengals vs. Chargers: Pro Football Focus grades and notes

Taking a look at the Pro Football Focus reaction, thanks to CJ contributor and PFF analysis Jake Liscow. You can follow him @Jake_NFL.

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  • Bengals offensive linemen Kevin Zeitler and Andre Smith combined to allow seven hurries but had the team's ONLY positive run blocking score. Anthony Collins allowed one hit and one hurry while Mike Pollak, who replaced Zeitler at one point, scored well as a pass blocker. Dennis Roland scored negatively on 12 snaps as an extra offensive lineman.
  • Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones was the only offensive skill player that was graded positively (+1.9). A.J. Green (-0.3), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (-0.5), Andrew Hawkins (-0.8) and Jermaine Gresham (-0.2) graded negatively while Mohamed Sanu and Tyler Eifert were neutral.
  • Andy Dalton's grade of (-6.6) is a career-low with two interceptions and two fumbles (including the center-quarterback exchange).
  • Dalton was pressured on 13 of 57 snaps with only one of his interceptions coming against pressure. He took three sacks with two of them not being credited against the offensive line and was three of ten under pressure.
  • Dalton connected on one of six deep passes with several coming in garbage time. If you exclude five throw-away passes, two spikes, a batted pass and drop, Dalton completed 30 of 43 passes. But it was the turnovers that "tanked his grade."
  • On nine runs between the guards, the Bengals averaged 5.7 yards per attempt. On the 11 other halfback carries, the team averaged 3.18 yards per carry, especially struggling between Whitworth and Cook in the A Gap where they had three runs for -2 yards.
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis forced a missed tackle and averaged 3.25 yards after contact on eight runs. Giovani Bernard, according to PFF, didn't force a missed tackle as a rusher and manager a yard few after contact per rush.
  • Marvin Jones caught eight of 11 targets for 130 yards. Dalton's passer rating when targeting Jones was 111.9.
  • Giovani Bernard was the second-most targeted Bengal with ten targets for 73 yards and 52 after the reception. However, he also had a fumble and a dropped screen pass that hurt his receiving grade.
  • A.J. Green was targeted eight times and caught three.
  • Jermaine Gresham caught all seven targets for 64 yards receiving.
  • Carlos Dunlap was one of the more productive players Sunday, generating four hurries on 19 pressures. The Bengals defense got pressure on Rivers on nine of his 19 drop backs.
  • Domata Peko had 86 percent of the team's defensive snaps, the highest percentage for Peko recorded by PFF.
  • All four of Wallace Gilberry's tackles constituted as defensive stops (leading to an offensive failure) while Rey Maualuga led the team with five stops.
  • There were zero positive grades on Rivers passes. The closest towards scoring a positive grade was safety George Iloka, who was targeted once on an incomplete pass.
  • Maualuga was the most-targeted defender with four targets, all leading to receptions for 34 yards.
  • Dre Kirkpatrick and Reggie Nelson scored the worst pass coverage grades (-1.2 each) with Adam Jones scoring a -1.1.