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PFF reviews the Bengals' Week 10 loss

11/10/2014

CINCINNATI -- As we begin this week, we'll take one final look back at the Cincinnati Bengals' revolting performance in last Thursday's blowout loss to the Cleveland Browns. We'll do so through the lens of our friends at Pro Football Focus.

Let's take a quick peek at some of the ways PFF analyzed and examined Cincinnati's Week 10 game.

As always, take the grades and notes you see below with a certain grain of salt, as they can end up being amended. Bad grades also can sometimes simply be the product of particular schemes, coverage or formations a team happens to employ in a respective week based upon the opponent.

Here are a few Bengals grades and notes following Thursday's 24-3 loss:

OFFENSE

  • The Bengals' offensive line continues to be anchored by veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who was one of the few bright spots on a rough night overall for the line. As he held the left edge, Whitworth allowed just one hurry on 47 blocking attempts, according to PFF. He leads all offensive tackles in pass-blocking efficiency with a 99.0 percentage.

  • Right guard Kevin Zeitler also had an impressive night, returning for the first time in two weeks and playing all 68 snaps. He and left guard Clint Boling were given plus-1.8 overall grades.

  • As well as Whitworth, Zeitler and Boling played, rookie center Russell Bodine and backup right tackle Marshall Newhouse didn't play so well. Newhouse specifically had a rough game, amassing a minus-6.6 overall grade from PFF. As he filled in for the injured Andre Smith, Newhouse allowed three quarterback hurries, one quarterback hit, a sack and had two penalties.

  • A byproduct of the pressure Newhouse allowed was that quarterback Andy Dalton was nowhere close to as sharp as he could be. Dalton, Newhouse's former TCU teammate, had the worst overall grade of his career, as PFF handed him a minus-7.7. That went along with his career-low passer rating of 2.0.

  • Dalton was pressured on just 11 of his 37 dropbacks. On the 26 dropbacks in which he faced no pressure, though, Dalton played terribly. He was just 8-for-25 for 60 yards and two interceptions on those dropbacks, per PFF. Much of his negative overall grade came from those non-pressured plays.

  • Dalton struggled between the numbers as well, going 7-for-17 for 71 yards and three interceptions when he directed passes into the middle of the field.

  • Rookie running back Jeremy Hill, playing in place of the injured Giovani Bernard, had a tough time getting yards, collecting just 55 on 12 carries. Of those 55 yards, 33 came after initial contact, meaning there weren't very many holes present for him.

  • Hill ended up forcing three missed tackles. On 101 touches this season, he has forced 18 missed tackles total, good enough for a 42.1 elusive rating.

DEFENSE

  • Only two defensive notes from PFF jump out. The first involves safety George Iloka, who continues to impress this season. He had three run stops -- it's never a good sign when your safeties are recording tackles on runs; it's a sign of breakdowns against the run at the defensive line -- and recorded a quarterback hit on his lone pass rush. He also had a pass defense on the one pass that came into his area of coverage.

  • Defensive end Wallace Gilberry was surprisingly a source of the line issues in run defense. PFF credited him with missing a tackle and not having a single run stop. He had chances, too. Gilberry was on the field for 36 of the 52 running plays the Browns had.