Now that the game against the Lions is over, with the Bengals securing a 5-2 record, let’s take a look at some player grades for the game. We’ll look at seven players.
Dalton thew for 372 yards and three toucdowns, just beating out Stafford in the passing game. However, what these stats don’t show is that he was far more accurate than his Lions counterpart, completing 24 of his 34 passes. He was finally able to connect with A.J. Green, and distributed several passes to Gresham, Jones and Eifert as well. The only negative critique is that he underthrew a few passes to Green.
Gresham managed four catches, and was second on the team in receiving yards, but that also doesn’t take into account his two penalties that almost cost Cincinnati the game. His first was an unsportsmanlike conduct call in which he threw his arms up at the referee following an altercation with a Lions defender. It was a very stupid penalty, and it led to a missed field goal by Nugent. The second was an offisides call that resulted in a Bengals punt. The catches certainly didn’t make up for these mistakes in my mind.
The star receiver caught six passes for 155 yards and a touchdown as he rivaled Megatron’s numbers all afternoon. There’s not much more you can ask of Green than that. It was good enough for his second best game of the year, and he was connecting with Dalton throughout the day.
The stats only show that he had 4 catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers alone are very solid. However, three of the catches were key first downs, and the fourth was an impressive diving catch towards the back of the end zone for his touchdown. He’s gradually evolving into a true No. 2 receiver behind Green.
BLOCKED FG! The man who just signed a new contract with the Bengals is proving he was worth every penny. He has been one of the most effective pass rushers on the defensive side of the ball for Cincinnati, and he has brought pressure all season. He came through when the Bengals needed him the most against Detroit, as he helped the Bengals secure the win.
The rookie running back has found his way into the Bengals spotlight this season, averaging over 4.5 yards a carry. He has also become a catching force out of the backfield. While he didn’t necessarily generate a lot of yards against the Lions, he did make one or two key plays that extended drives. One of his most important plays was setting up Nugent’s game-winning kick with a catch in the middle of the field.
Although he’s been relatively solid all season, you could see several missed tackles by Burfict in the game. Although he isn’t alone in this accusation, he was one of the players on the defense that stood out. I saw him dive at players’ feet and miss more than once. He’s going to have to play better in the middle if he doesn’t want to get eaten up by the tight ends. Opposing quarterbacks will be taking note on the tape.