PFF Preview: Titans @ Bengals, Week 3
Coming off a loss to the Cowboys, the Tennessee Titans will travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals.
Through the first two weeks of the season, the Bengals’ offensive line has done well in the trenches protecting quarterback Andy Dalton. The unit has accumulated an 89.5 Pass Blocking Efficiency grade at this point, ranking 12th in the NFL. They also have not surrendered a sack in 2014 despite facing the Ravens and Falcons. Offensive tackles Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith have led the way with pass blocking grades of +1.7 and a combined total of just four pressures allowed (one hit, three hurries).
Cincinnati’s offensive line will be in for a tough battle against a stout Titans pass rush. As a team, Tennessee ranks second in the league with a +9.4 Pass Rush grade. They are also tied for second in with eight sacks this season. Defensive end Jurrell Casey and rush linebacker Derrick Morgan have both been stellar so far in 2014, earning identical +4.7 pass rushing grades. Karl Klug has also been very good in this department, accumulating a +4.3 pass rush mark in his first two games. Casey’s 13.3 Pass Rush Productivity places him second in the league among 3-4 defensive ends behind only J.J. Watt in 2014.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
Ropati Pitoitua – Has earned a +2.8 run defense grade so far this season and ranks fourth among 3-4 defensive ends with a Run Stop Percentage of 11.8.
Michael Roos – Leads the Titans’ offensive line with a +3.0 overall grade in 2014, and his 98.1 Pass Blocking Efficiency is seventh best among offensive tackles.
Jason McCourty – To go along with his two interceptions, opposing quarterbacks have a 38.2 rating when throwing into his coverage in 2014.
Giovani Bernard – His 3.36 Yards per Route Run ranks him second in the NFL among running backs behind only Darren Sproles through two games.
Vontaze Burfict – Leads all 4-3 outside linebackers with a +5.6 overall grade and a +2.7 coverage grade so far this season.
Andy Dalton – Has a +1.1 passing grade so far in 2014, and his 9.07 yards per attempt leads the league.
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