Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis offered praise for defensive tackle Geno Atkins' production against the run, despite Cincinnati allowing 220 yards rushing to the New England Patriots on Sunday Night.
Lewis thought Geno played well in run game and is encouraged— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 6, 2014
Atkins finished the game with one tackle and an assist. Pro Football Focus gave Atkins a -0.8 score; and we all know how much Lewis values PFF. As a pass rusher, Atkins generated a quarterback hurry.
Wallace Gilberry, on the other hand, was as fantastic as one can be during a 43-point implosion. With seven tackles (three solo and four assists) against the Patriots, Gilberry was actually one tackle shy of Domata Peko, who led the defensive line with eight stops. Gilberry also posted a team-high five quarterback hurries and four defensive stops (which constitutes an offensive failure for the opposition).
Per Pro Football Focus' scores, Gilberry (+2.4) and Rey Maualuga (+1.1) finished as the team's best run defenders. Maualuga recorded a team-high five stops, including this hit on Patriots running back Steven Ridley.
On the other hand, Emmanuel Lamur scored the team's worst PFF score at -5.0. He allowed three completions for 69 yards and a touchdown. Bad night. Leon Hall was equally as troubling, missing three tackles and allowing five completions for 59 yards on players who he covered.