Bengals Banter: Talking Geno Atkins, O-Line, & DeMarcus Ware

 

Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) rushes the passer during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

 

Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth know he’ll have his hands full Sunday when he’s faced with the task of blocking All-Pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, but believes he’s up to the challenge of blocking one of the NFL’s premier pass-rushers, who earlier this season became second only to hall-of-fame defensive end Reggie White with 85 sacks in his first 100 games:

He’s the best, no question. He’s the best. It’s not much different. Even if I didn’t know DeMarcus, I know the challenge that is ahead. I know what kind of guy he is. He’s a tremendous guy, tremendous character and he’s going to play 180 miles an hour the entire game. That’s just his style; you’ll have your hands full.

 

Bryan Broaddus of Dallascowboys.com did a great video breakdown of Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, and it is a must-watch for anyone who wants to see just how dominant a player Atkins has become.

 

Despite not having kicked at all in the 2012 season, newly signed kicker Josh Brown has the confidence of Marvin Lewis, who thinks Brown is a great fit for his young Bengals squad:

He’s a real competent player. he’s done a great job in a day and a half being here. Being a mature guy helps and he has fit in with the team.

 

According to Pro Football Focus, the Bengals have the fourth-best offensive line in the league, trailing only the 49ers, Patriots and Saints. An offensive line featuring two rookies and a second-year player is rated the second-best in pass protection and 16th in run blocking:

Team Overall Grade Pass Rank Grade Run Rank Grade Penalty Rank Grade
SF 1 90.3 12 14.3 1 76.4 19 -0.4
NE 2 56.7 18 1.1 2 42.4 2 13.2
NO 3 53.6 9 19.9 5 26.3 5 7.4
CIN 4 53.1 2 45.6 16 4.1 11 3.4

 

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