CINCINNATI -- Before the Cincinnati Bengals get too deep into their bye week, let's take a quick peek back at some of the ways our friends at Pro Football Focus analyzed and examined Cincinnati's Week 3 game against the Tennessee Titans.
As always, take the following grades and notes with a certain grain of salt because they can end up being amended. Bad grades also can sometimes simply be the product of particular schemes or coverages or formations that a team happens to employ in a respective week based upon the opponent.
Here are a few Bengals grades and notes following Sunday's 33-7 win:
The Bengals' offensive line was stout against a Titans pass rush that entered among the best in the league. Tennessee began Week 3 ranked first in pass defense and had eight sacks -- five of which came off the blitz. The Bengals were well prepared, limiting the pressure on quarterback Andy Dalton. Only once did a pressure get through. Reserve right guard Mike Pollak, playing for injured Kevin Zeitler, was credited with allowing a hurry.
Dalton still is the only player in the league who hasn't been sacked this season, despite facing a rather constant blitz Sunday. He was 9-for-13 with 132 yards passing against Tennessee's blitz.
After having two negative grades through Weeks 1 and 2, PFF credited rookie Russell Bodine with his best game from a grade standpoint so far. He had a plus-2.8 overall grade that was buoyed by his plus-2.0 run-blocking grade. In the first two games, he had negative marks in run blocking, bringing his overall grade down. With the run doing well behind his blocks and the pass rush not getting through, Bodine's play finally caught PFF's eye.
Short passes were a hallmark of Dalton's day. Of his 23 overall attempts, 16 traveled 9 yards in the air or less.
Receiver A.J. Green caught six passes for 102 yards after being targeted eight times. He collected 41 yards after the catch.
Running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill both forced three missed tackles in the game. Bernard also still has a perfect pass-block efficiency on the 11 pass-block snaps he's been part of this year.
Defensive end Margus Hunt had the highest grade among defensive linemen, receiving a plus-1.9 overall mark. He was one of four Bengals to have positive grades. Terence Newman, George Iloka and Vincent Rey, playing in place of injured linebacker Vontaze Burfict, were the others. Per PFF, Hunt was able to generate pressure on the quarterback via three hurries on 12 pass-rush attempts.
Linebacker Rey Maualuga has had better performances, per PFF's standards. He was credited with missing three tackles and yielding a catch on the only target that came his way. On the play, the Titans' Craig Stevens caught a short pass, made Maualuga miss and collected 17 yards after the catch before being stopped at the end of the 20-yard gain.
Defensive tackle Domata Peko had the worst grade of any defender, coming in with a minus-3.6 mark.
From a coverage standpoint, safety Reggie Nelson was solid. PFF reported that he had four passes come into his area and he only allowed a single 2-yard catch on them. Nelson also had an interception off one of the passing attempts. In addition to playing well in coverage, Nelson has been a good rusher this year, too. He's generated eight pressures on 24 rushes through these three games, ranking him third among league safeties in PFF's pass-rushing productivity metric.