DEFENSIVE LINE: C Our budding star, Mr. Muhammad Wilkerson, did make his presence felt yesterday, albeit in a losing effort. He did record one sack and an interception off of a deflection. The Bengals only did net 79 yards rushing, which isn’t a bad effort, and right along with how the defense has played all year.
The problem was in the passing game. They did not get enough consistent pressure on Andy Dalton to make a difference. Andy had all afternoon to throw the ball all over the football field, and he did that to the tune of five touchdowns through the air. The passing game beat the Jets yesterday to absolute epic proportions.
LINEBACKERS: D Did anyone hear the linebackers’ names called? I think I heard the name of Demario Davis once. I don’t remember hearing Calvin Pace or David Harris at all. Coples I heard once. What am I trying to say? The linebackers had no impact on the football game. The Bengals took them out.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: F Calling these guys brutal would be a compliment. What the heck happened yesterday? The backfield was all over the place. I wonder if Tom Brady saw the highlights and wondered how well he would have played if we played that badly last week? To quote Bart Scott, they “Couldn’t stop a nose bleed”. If there was a grade lower than an “F”, they would have received it.
And it starts from the top. Antonio Cromartie has been awful. I firmly believe that he is still hurt, worse than any of us know. There is no other way to explain how poorly he has played. Dee Milliner has been rough. Was he worth a high first round pick? It’s too early to say absolutely not, but it is certainly a question without a clear-cut answer. Not good.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C These guys were their usual, fine performance. Ryan Quigley punted to an over 45 yards per kick average. Nick Folk continued his perfect season going 3-3, including a season long fifty yarder. At least one group played well.