If you go by the scores rendered via Pro Football Focus, Bengals' center Russell Bodine hasn't been playing nearly as well as he could. God-forbid a rookie need time to go from college to the fast-paced NFL. According to their grading system, he's had the worst score on offense in each of Cincinnati's first two games.
|Overall||Run Block||Pass Block||QB Sack||QB Hit||Hurry|
Against the Tennessee Titans... he scored the best grade on offense.
Bodine's overall +2.8 score included a +2.0 pass block and +0.7 (he got another +0.1 during a screen pass). We should point out that left guard Clint Boling also scored a +2.8, including a team-high run block score of +2.9. Sunday was easily the best game by Bodine and Boling.
The Killer B's?
Boling credits offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.
"Coach Jackson has done a great job calling plays," said Boling after Cincinnati's 33-7 win over the Titans. "He makes a commitment to the run game. It is definitely fun for an offensive lineman out there."
Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill combined for 86 yards on 21 carries (4.1 yard/rush average) with three touchdowns scored. And once again quarterback Andy Dalton wasn't dropped for a quarterback sack -- the only NFL team without a sack allowed.
"We've done a lot of good things," Andy Dalton said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "They've been playing really well up front. It's a point of emphasis. I'm not trying to hold on to the ball too long so that I can help out. My hat's off to them."
Per season-long grades, Andrew Whitworth is ranked as the league's fifth-best left tackle and Andre Smith is the fifth-best right tackle. Both players have combined to allow one quarterback hit and three quarterback hurries. Boling is ranked as the league's fifth-best left guard and despite missing a game plus a half, Kevin Zeitler is the sixth-best right guard.
It's the same ol' story. An offense can only go as far as the offensive line will take them. Luckily, Cincinnati has a good one with, perhaps, the best depth in the league.