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Pro Football Focus: Nuggets from the Bengals Game

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Each week, Pro Football Focus takes a quick look back at each of the game's that took place in the previous week and analyzes them. Their review of the Browns vs. Bengals game is now live. After the jump is a recap of some of the interesting things had to say, along with my own commentary.

  • We don't need to have a super-long discussion about wide receiver Greg Little's drops again, but PFF provided a good season-long statistic. This year, Little has dropped 12 passes, which PFF calls "an astonishing 20.3% of all catchable balls throw his way." Obviously, a receiver can't let that many opportunities get away.
  • The praise at PFF on the defensive line has shifted to defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, who they say had his best game of the season by far. He got the overall game ball, even though the Browns lost.
    There’s no real surprise the former Iowa State Cyclone had his way with the poor Nate Livings, but it was the ease at which he got the better of Bobbie Williams that really stood out. The hit he picked up on Williams with 1:08 to go in the game was overshadowed by the catch and run of A.J. Green, but is the perfect example of what Rubin was doing all game.

  • Besides having an effective game as a receiver, tight end Jermaine Gresham was praised for his blocking against Jabaal Sheard and Brian Schafering.
  • Some more neat little statistics. First, the Browns only missed three tackles all game, with two of those coming via linebacker Chris Gocong. Also, the Browns blitzed on 36.8% of passing plays, which was more often than the Bengals blitzed.