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Bengals offensive line taking care of business

Bengals guard Clint Boling and center Russell Bodine submitted their best performances of the season on Sunday. But the entire offensive line is performing like one of the league's best this year.

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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
Ravens -2.2 -0.8 -1.5 0 0 1
Falcons -5.0 -4.2 -1.4 0 0 2

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.